‘Love Is a Bird,’ an EP from singer-songwriter Allegra Levy, a graduate of West Hartford’s Hall High School, will be released on Feb. 14, 2020.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day – or Galentine’s Day, depending upon your situation – singer-songwriter Allegra Levy is releasing an EP of three original songs in a new genre she is calling “female empowerment pop,” a refreshing musical alternative to the hype of hearts and flowers.
“In place of the usual sappy, pseudo-romantic drivel that makes many people feel alone and disenfranchised, this music suggests that you be your own savior,” explains Levy, a New York-based jazz vocalist. “It also promotes a positive self-image for women.”
The title track, “Love Is a Bird,” is more of a feminist anthem than traditional love song. It explores the ins and outs of love from a distinctly feminist point of view. “Prince Charming said he’d be by your side, but you realized he’s simply unqualified,” it says.
A second tune, “I Give Up,” is about anything but feelings of defeat. Rather, it recognizes the need for women to stop striving to please others and just be themselves. “I give up trying to make it in a man’s world, trying to fake it in front of the girls,” it begins.
Then there is “Waste My Time,” an ode (or, more accurately, decisive adieu) to clueless men and bad boyfriends of the past. “He used to write me poems once in a while,” she sings of one. “He used to criticize my style. He made me nervous just like I was a child. No thanks, I think I’ll move on. I’ll move on!”
Levy, who was born and raised in West Hartford, CT, recently recorded her fourth album on the SteepleChase label, backed up by a powerhouse all-female band. She has been dubbed a “double-barreled talent” and “unquestionably one to watch” by JazzTimes magazine. Her new EP, available starting Feb. 14 on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and wherever music streams, is not only a new take on the typical love song, but a distinct departure from her usual strict diet of jazz.
Her last album, 2018’s LOOKING AT THE MOON, was named an editor’s pick in both Downbeat and JazzTimes. It consisted of 10 classic songs that focused on the moon. But now Levy is looking within herself instead for strength and inspiration and is encouraging other women to do the same.
So, if you happen to find yourself flying solo this Cupid-saturated holiday, take it from Levy and the lilting refrain of her title track. “You don’t need a strong man to show up tonight, you will be all right all alone. You don’t need anyone to save the day, you will be OK on your own.”
For further information, please contact Allegra Levy at [email protected] or 860-965-7532.
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