Sommer Saffron

March 08, 2021

Leslie Liles is the driving force and the voice behind the CA-based electronic pop band, Sommer Saffron. Sommer Saffron's album, Dream, was released on September 18, 2020.

Sommer Saffron's music combines elements of pop and electronica, with vocals that are sometimes airy and wistful, sometimes focused and energetic. We first hear the leading song, Ebb and Flow, with its' smooth, downtempo groove and seductive vocals. This is followed by Avatar, with a sound that is upbeat, lively, quirky, with layered harmonies in a retro pop style. Included on the CD is a dance track, Vitality, that features a repetitive, airy, vocal motif over a driving instrumental background. Also included is a beautiful ballad, Climb, that is full of longing, and Solitude, a more abstract song that incorporates the sound of the ocean and a poem written by Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Ocean). The water is featured in several songs, and the music sounds almost meditative at times. There are recurring themes of relaxation and self-reflection. In this time of unrest, Sommer Saffron clearly wants you to relax, unwind, and enjoy yourself.

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