In Their Words: Rosie Rebel Reviews Lindi Ortega

In Their Words: Rosie Rebel Reviews Lindi Ortega

We had an idea a while back where artists would have the opportunity to review other artists that they enjoy. Everybody knows how busy life is, so we don’t get to post these as much as we’d like. However, when Rosie Rebel of Typhoid Rosie messaged me with her idea to review Last Gang Records artist, Lindi Ortega, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. Thank you Rosie & Lindi. ~Victor

What great news there is to be heard during this Plastic Age of glowing-boxes, airbrushed idols, and strip malls: Art is alive and well! If you don’t believe me, treat yourself to some Lindi Ortega. With relentless touring for her new album, Tin Star, Lindi is crushing hearts everywhere. Country has not seen such a dark beauty since Johnny Cash. With lyrical hauntings in the likeness of Edgar Allan Poe, she embodies the sweet serenades of an opium-infused Mazzy Star, and the belting vibrato of Edith Piaf, surely Lindi Ortega is one of the great voices of our time.

Lindi blushes that her album Tin Star is going for “about the same price of a latte these days.” As music lovers, it is our duty to support great artists who are practically giving away their albums so that they can continue to make music. Trust me on this one, it is the country album to buy right now. If you get the chance, also treat yourself to the experience of seeing her sing live. I was lucky enough to see her sing at the Mercury Lounge on March 29th. I already loved her music, but it was a completely different experience seeing Lindi perform these songs in the flesh. She sang with so much raw emotion that I felt chills of truth shiver down my spine. Isn’t that the sign of a great artist? The conviction of words, paired with minor and major chords that remind us of the indefinite love, pain, sadness, and loss we all must endure. How refreshing it is to find this quality living in an age where “fake is the new real.” I promise you there is something very real in Lindi’s eyes, and when she sings, she dives down, grabs it, and brings it back to the surface for everyone to see.

On top of all that bragging talent, Lindi has a magnetic stage presence. I looked around to see an entire crowd that was quite taken with Miss Ortega. Men and women alike gazed upon her with eyes of infatuation and wonder, especially the guy in the front row who looked like he wanted to keep her in his freezer. No doubt, the girl must have a few stalkers. When fans shouted to her, she responded with grace. She thanked them when they roared with applause after each ballad. Lindi introduced us to her new lipstick-red guitar named Sanchez. “A million dollars later”, she joked that Sanchez had his very own pick-up mustache. Laying it on like icing on the cake, showing her sweet side she uttered adorable phrases like, “If it’s good enough for Johnny Cash, it’s good enough for me.” Yet unlike modern bubbly country stars, this lass would fit right in at Tim Burton’s lunch table in high school. With dark songs about burying dudes in her backyard, followed by a song about her digging up bones and putting them in her bed. The room came to a complete silence when Ortega delivered her most tragically beautiful, lyrical wonder about all of those who “Lived And Died Alone.”

Love never came easily to me There were no fish swimming in my sea
I resided myself to the fact That I would always love
Never to be loved back That’s ok, I know someday…
When the sun has set, I will go dig up the dead Lift their bodies from their graves
And I’ll lay them in my bed To fill their hollow hearts
With all of my broken parts And all the love that they were never shown
To all those who have lived and died alone
Guess I thought, it couldn’t really hurt To search for sweethearts underneath the dirt
Sure they may be made of dust and bones But I will take them home
From their lonely tombstones To be with me, in the dead sea
When the sun has set, I will go dig up the dead
Lift their bodies from their graves And I’ll lay them in my bed
To fill their hollow hearts With all of my broken parts
And all the love that they were never shown To all those who have lived and died alone
When the sun has set, I will go dig up the dead Lift their bodies from their graves
And I’ll lay them in my bed To fill their hollow hearts
With all of my broken parts And all the love that they were never shown
To all those who have lived and died alone

Lindi’s got the “it factor”. With her signature red lipstick and beautiful long stems in red cowboy boots, no doubt she will become a mega star. She’s perfect for this air-brushed age that is dying for something real. Most importantly, she’s got a lot of heart and gratitude for her fans. Lindi Ortega happily engaged her fans, “I’ve got a hug with your name on it.” A line formed on the way out as she took pictures, signed autographs, and engaged each fan. As a singer-songwriter, I was blown away by Lindi Ortega. I took a picture with her, thanked her for her an incredible performance, and begged her to never stop singing. I am rooting for you Lindi Ortega.

With Love and Respect,

Rosie Rebel

 

Artist Name: Lindi Ortega
Location: Toronto, Canada
Genre: Alt-Country, Roots, Folk
Members: Lindi Ortega
Record Label: Last Gang Records
Website: http://www.lindiortega.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindiortegafans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindiortega

Artist Name: Typhoid Rosie
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Rock
Band Members: Rosie Rebel, Patrick Meyer, Dean Wartell, Phil Wartell
Website: http://www.typhoidrosie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/typhoidrosieband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/typhoidrosie