Lindi Ortega: “Little Lie”
Over the course of a calendar, KUT features 260 songs of the day from a wide range of artists, each one catching our collective ear. For the last two weeks of the year, we’ll be highlighting the best songs of the day from 2011, featuring big names, new discoveries, Studio 1A exclusives, and some tunes that might have gotten lost in the shuffle in the past twelve months.
What might you expect from a back-up singer who primarily works with Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers? Indie-rock? Dance-pop, even? For Lindi Ortega, the answer is a bit more complicated. Ortega’s music is a mixture of jazz and country. Her back-up work keeps her on the road most of the year, but this year she found the time to record and release her third album, titled Little Red Boots.
Ortega got her start as a folk artist in the Toronto music scene, where she toiled for a decade as “Toronto’s best kept secret.” As the daughter of a Mexican father and a Northern Irish mother, Ortega’s no stranger to an eclectic mix of genres.
Little Red Boots is a culmination of years of touring, playing, and learning music. The songs are widely divergent – the title track a mixture of rock and folk, “Blue Bird” veering towards bluegrass, and “Little Lie” full of rockabilly stomp and Dolly Parton-like swagger. She’s still singing for Brandon Flowers, but no doubt she’ll step out into the spotlight before long.