Portland-based Lisa/Liza is the indie psych-folk project of singer-songwriter and guitarist Liza Victoria, joined by Jonathan Downs and Devin Ivy. Having previously released several limited edition cassettes and CDs, as well as a debut 2016 LP Deserts of Youth, Lisa/Liza has now released a brand new EP in late February called Barn Coat.

The five-track EP highlights Lisa/Liza’s ability to capture deep emotion within ethereal, floating vocals and the carefully plucked acoustic guitar.

The track list for Barn Coat is:

  1. “Vanity Plate”: Liza starts off her EP with a gentle folk song, easing the listener into her style and soft, all-encompassing soundscape.
  2. “Encounters”: Next up on Barn Coat is a track that takes a more angsty spin on Liza’s sound, utilizing staccato and deeper guitar moments to carry the thematics of the song.
  3. “The Robins Song”: Capturing the throaty repetition of a bird’s call, Liza matches her guitar pace to the this idea. A track full of longing and wishes, “The Robins Song” is sure to capture your heart.
  4. “Windows Up”: If you’re needing a new song to roll your hand up and down out the window pretending you’re in a music video, look no further. With mellow guitar and emotional vocals, Liza makes the most of this track, highlighted with some unexpected twists.
  5. “BC”: Closing out Barn Coat is “BC”, a short (and by short we mean 1:36) track that carries the EP home and wraps it up nicely. Throughout this track, Liza utilizes her clear vocals to pair with her guitar in a combination that was just meant to be.

If you’re a fan of acoustic guitar and minimalist records, this is the EP for you. Be sure to check it out today.

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Veronica DeFeo

Veronica DeFeo

Writer at Imperfect Fifth
Veronica is a sophomore English-Literature major and Psychology minor at Avila University, a tutor at the campus Writing Center, and a writing intern at Imperfect Fifth. She is an advocate for the indubitable power of sharing music and words with others. When she’s not listening to music or attending concerts, she’s likely sending songs and videos to her friends or writing about these experiences. You can find her exploring her native KCMO, sipping some local coffee, or penning free verse.
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