Feel good and be yourself: “Love Me Lessons (Imma Be)” by @LucienDante (featuring Lu Reads)

The video for “Love Me Lessons (Imma Be)”has taken me by as much surprise as when I first heard Chicago singer/songwriter Lucien Dante’s “Black Water” some months ago.  The laid back, intriguing vibe of that song helped get it to #5 on the BILLCS Top 30, and I subsequently wrote a blog post about his album Our Of We.  

While I mentioned “Love Me Lessons (Imma Be)” as a highlight in that post, I really didn’t come back to the song much.  But the singer has nailed it with this video.  You won’t be able to help but smile after watching it, and if you know anyone who’s feeling down about themselves they should watch it too.  It’s messages are very simple.  You’ve gotta love yourself for who you are, and enjoy life and have fun because it’s contagious.  Just do it!!  

What’s even more impressive is that the singer directed the video and co-edited, and I must say his vision and the flow of the video work so very well.  Also, the hip hop flavour that Lu Reads gives to the song for some reason works a lot better in this visual context.  So I’ll definitely be revisiting “Love Me Lessons (Imma Be)” thanks to the insight that the video has created.  You can pick up the song as well as the Our Of We album on iTunes.  Lucien Dante is a multi-talent to watch!

More about @LucienDante’s album Our Of We

LUCIEN DANTE, Our Of We

Last week was one of those weeks when one song came out of nowhere and floored me, and that is “Black Water” by Chicago-based singer/songwriter Lucien Dante from his album Our Of We.  It debuted on my chart at #21 with its expressive vocal, engaging charm, and gorgeous arrangement.  While it remains my favourite from the album, Our Of We is full of other delights which will keep you thinking as you’re listening.  Lucien’s influences seem to come from all over – I hear pop, classical, folk, EDM, and R&B/soul at various times – and he doesn’t sound like anyone in particular.  Most of his songs seem to be delivered with a shy-sounding vocal that gives perspective from a viewpoint of wonder, discovery, and keen interest.  But when he breaks away from a minimalist sound and heads toward a powerful bridge or chorus, the confidence in his craft really comes out.  Most of the songs are produced by TKANG! who obviously has a good read on what the singer is trying to convey.  I’ll admit the songs aren’t really for everyone but Lucien is very persuasive.  So do yourself a favour and check out the club-worthy “Ivory Toast”, “Spark”, “Light, Love & Chaos” and the hip-hop flavoured “Love Me Lessons (Imma Be)” (nothing to do with the Black Eyed Peas 😉 ) as starting points.  This is a great start from a singer/songwriter who consistently delivers, making Our Of We a personal, sincere, and enlightening experience!  Listen to the album above (and do download “Black Water” for free on Lucien’s Soundcloud page) and pick it up on iTunes.

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You will be tantalized by the expressive @LucienDante’s “Black Water” (Free DL)

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LUCIEN DANTE, “Black Water” (free download)

Just when I think that 2015 can’t be loaded up with more fine singers and new music, and along comes Chicago-based singer/songwriter Lucien Dante with “Black Water” from his release Our Of We, available for free download right here (I am unable to embed the link).  This is a young man who is able to marry real-life experiences, largely from living overseas in Germany, to his art, and is thus able to touch the listener profoundly.  I still have to listen more to “Black Water” to figure out what it’s all about, but the strikingly subtle production, which becomes quite powerful towards the end, compliments the singer’s refreshingly shy-sexy-confident vocal that has the ability to draw you in and keep you there under musical lock and key.  Think of him being somewhere between Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, and Matthew Koma… what a unique artistic space to find him in!  I will be delving more into the Our Of We release in the coming release and I expect to rave on further about Lucien Dante.  Below is also the first song I heard from him, “Spark” (also available as a free download right here) which is in a different more EDM setting, but look past a sometimes busy production for the unique vocal performance.  Lucien Dante is one-of-a-kind and you can’t say that about many singers in these contemporary days when so many fine voices pervade social media.  

 

Published in: on October 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm  Comments (3)  
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