Alejandra O’Leary delights in opposites. So it’s no surprise that her new CD, “Heartspace Timepiece,” is inspired by both edgy rock and crafty pop.
“I love those two styles so much. I love The Ramones, I love The Strokes and I love ABBA,” she said. O’Leary and her band, Champions of the West, play a free show Saturday night, Aug. 30, at Crazy Wisdom in downtown Ann Arbor.
In the 1980s and 1990s, women had more room to be tough on the radio. From Natalie Merchant in 10,000 Maniacs to Suzanne Vega to the Bangles to the Cowboy Junkies, female pop stars maintained the memorable hooks and lighter production touch that marked them as, well, pop stars–but they also wrote open, honest, and raw songs themselves, and delivered those hooks with a defiant snarl.
Probably without trying to do so, this group has managed to put out a soundtrack for an indie film that has yet to be made. The songs on this disc have that same listless, yet wistful, tone that captures the lighthearted grittiness found in so many movies of that genre. It swings between every pace of the human condition.