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Interview: Singer/Songwriter Lex Land Talks About Her 'Orange Days on Lemon Street'

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One can't help but be intrigued by Lex Land's voice. She deftly navigates fervor and vulnerability in a manner that usually takes a lifetime to cultivate, and yet she's only 22. Since the release of her debut record, Orange Days on Lemon Street, comparisons have already been made with Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple and Liz Phair among others. But Land takes it all in stride.

Last Thursday, LAist sat down with Land at Peet's Coffee in Studio City and spoke with the Southern California native about her whirlwind year, her three tattoos, the craziest experience she's ever had on LA public transportation, and her gig tonight at the Hotel Cafe.

LAist: I really like the title of your album and its reference to the street you lived on in Orange County. Now that you're living in Echo Park, what color would you say your days are now?

Lex Land: My days are always gray. I don't know—it’s just something that keeps coming up. Gray is a recurring theme in my writing. When another color presents itself, I will welcome it wholeheartedly. But for now it's gray. I really don't mind it. Lately I've found that being sad really suits me. I know it sounds kind of silly, because I want to be happy and everything, but I guess I feel more stimulated when I'm sad. I write more and try to distract myself by doing other things.

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