California-based singer-songwriter, artist, and writer Melissa Ann Sweat’s solo project Lady Lazarus has been receiving attention from well-respected outlets. The New York Times, NPR, and others have all become captivated with Lady Lazarus’ spirited and enchanting dreamy folk-pop songs. Sweat’s thoughtful, almost existentialist lyrics and intimate confessions are sung in a lovely mezzo-soprano that is alternatingly delicate and commanding. Combined with her uniquely elegant, powerful, yet winsome playing on piano/keys, makes for a listening experience that is at once movingly heartfelt while at the same time mysterious and filled with artful grandeur. Her songwriting comes in several modes: from the ephemeral and dreamy to more earthy, folky tunes, to dramatic ballads and near minimalist-classical pieces. And somehow all resolve and revolve beautifully in the mastery of her own particular craft, straddling the lines of timeless singer-songwriters, dream pop, folk, folk-rock, classical, and outsider music. Her work is one of contrasts: both dark and light, vulnerable and strong, quiet and thundering.
Lady Lazarus has announced her upcoming album Impossible Journey Of My Soul Tonight will be released October 18 this year. In support of the news, Lady Lazarus has dropped the first single “I Know What It Feels Like.” According to Sweat, the new album is a way to provide comfort from her “dark night of the soul” and this song in particular as “a sweet, meditative lullaby.”