With his new single, the LA-based singer-songwriter finds hope in the dark.
In a live rendition of his latest single “Grace,” Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Alex Izenberg projects his city’s nostalgia for the sounds of classic ’70s AM-radio pop. The setup is modest, with Izenberg at a piano accompanied only by a string trio, and the singer lays the plaintive ballad out with ease, displaying a sort of composure seldom seen in newcomers. The sentiment here is one of longing, as Izenberg hangs onto a past encounter with “Grace” cut short by the sight of an engagement ring. A darkness proceeds to hang over him as he proclaims in a delicate falsetto, staring into the camera: “The winter is long.” But then, “The summer is strong,” as the pristine, flower-filled church backdrop pushes back against any onset of darkness. The string accompaniment lifts the song up and helps Izenberg carry it along, and one can’t help but feel that this “Grace” won’t be burdening him for much longer.
“Grace” is off Izenberg’s debut album Harlequin, out November 18 on Weird World.