Eli Lieb

An East Village singer and songwriter who’s returned to his Iowa hometown of Fairfield, but who visits the city with some regularity, Eli Lieb recently released a first album of original material, some of which, including a video for the song “Place of Paradise,” he’s uploaded on his Youtube channel, where he also has made available several videos of his cover versions of today’s hits. Whether it’s the originals or the covers – and his version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” is really the only one I’m aware of (though The ShuresChris Kennedy’s version is strong, and the one by Jan Kerckhofs and Marjolijn Vos as well) able to bring back to mind the summer of 1988 when so much was happening and her song was everywhere – in his songs Lieb doesn’t hold back and gives his voice, by turns raspy or refined, full reign: it’s full of energy and empathy, also when he’s performing electronic material live.