photo courtesy of Letitia Smith(White Light Exposure)
Like many a generation of folk musicians before them, Ley Line got started at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, when duo Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek back in 2013. Their name, which refers to alignments between world historical monuments, in this case finds a line between Austin and Brazil. The band’s latest single, “Oxum”, the latest to be released from their early 2020 album We Saw Blue, refers to the Afro-Brazilian deity of freshwater, and celebrates the beauty of the waterfalls and forests of Alto Paraiso. Their organic world-pop weaves cultures and languages, conjures a strange mystical atmosphere, and a longing for a world rapidly disappearing from view. After making the rounds of a few festivals, Ley Line will head back to town set for their hometown Austin City Limits Festival debut on October 13th.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Editor