‘Could It Be?’ is the incredible new single from Australian-based jazz singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tessa Lee. The track is a slow burner, and sees Lee joining forces with The Cold Weather Band, to create a tune that is hypnotic, soulful, and immersive. ‘Could It Be?’ is the follow-up to the musician’s well-received debut single ‘Warm Orange Glow’, and deviates from Lee’s traditional jazzy influences. Indie-rock? Soft-rock? Soul-rock? Call it what you want really. All we know is that it’s snuck into our hearts at Indie Top 39, and we think it might do the same to you.
Lee’s music has been described as being at “the intersection where folk, blues, jazz, and pop meet”. We think that’s a rather apt description. And, if there’s one thing you know we love around here, it’s genre-blending tunes that just hit differently! We simply cannot wait to hear more from this talented artist!
A slow-burning, breezy, and soulful little number, ‘Could It Be?’ just hits all the right notes! INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
I’m really proud of this song as it wrote itself quite easily. It felt like a creative departure for me, something which came from outside of my usual musical comfort zone. The feedback I’ve got from my band and other musicians is that this track sticks out and stays with them, it’s a comfortable fit. Like a pair of favourite slippers.
What are your favourite lyrics in the song?
Hahaha… well, the lyrics came from a rainy day driving through my home town in my (at the time) new car. So literally, no one recognised me – that’s the first line. You know, you wave to a friend, but you’re in a new car, so they don’t recognise the car and don’t wave back and you feel like a bit of a dick! Then, there were so many roadworks that day, it was as if the guys digging holes in the road were just doing it because they loved it, not for any other reason. So there’s a line about that, “They can’t help themselves, they can’t stop.”
Those lines work in this song as there’s an element of darkness to them, even though they’re written about seemingly mundane occurrences. That’s actually the beauty of this whole track: that there’s hidden meaning lurking beyond the quotidian images.
What does success mean to you?
Being able to do this (write songs) and create a community of people who are interested and supportive of that process/the songs/the music. I’ve met my bestest mates through music already, and I’m sure I’ll meet many more as the years roll on. That would be sweet success!
What would your life be like without music?
I would certainly be in my garden a whole lot more! I’ve actually tried not doing music for a while, but it didn’t work out (haha!). In my day job, I’m a music teacher to little kids, so I do get a whole lot of music in my life. But the process of writing a song: nothing is more satisfying. To create something out of nothing. To have the potential for something incredible to come into the world because you strung some words together in a certain way and created a mood with an instrument. It’s the best.
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