To open her second set, Alejandra O’Leary decides to perform a cover song without her band. Wearing a denim jacket over a farmers market t-shirt and jeans, she sits on a stool with her acoustic guitar as the packed-in coffeehouse crowd watches her play a stripped-down cover of the normally bombastic, over-the-top “No Surrender,” a Bruce Springsteen song whose words, O’leary says, “perfectly express how I feel about this band.” With all of the attention focused on her, she sings, “We made a promise we swore we’d always remember. No retreat, no surrender.”
Heartspace Timepiece is a truly modern album that combines most loved elements of rock with unexpected and unique elements, making for a compelling musical landscape. The musicianship is near perfect and the arrangements solid, thus reaching for a mystic musical vista that is a joy to hear. Just when you least expect it, the pedal steal comes in all dreamy, making your heart ache with love of beauty. Alejandra has an unforgettable voice that adds an emotionally satisfying element to the music, as she sings with a heartache specific to this generation. She has a raw beauty that needs no dolling up, and a pure and strong spirit that shines through. Her presence is compelling and intimate in a way that is lost on most popular music these days.