Long Island native Laura Pergolizzi, a.k.a. LP, first established herself as a featured guest on a bonus track from Cracker’s 1998 Gentleman's Blues album before adopting her stage name and releasing her 2001 debut studio album, Heart Shaped Scar. As a songwriter for other artists, LP boasts a long resume: Cher, The Veronicas, The Backstreet Boys, Hitomi, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, and even former reality TV star Heidi Montag are some of the artists she's worked with.
Although she’s been the “indie darling” of queer and underground communities, Pergolizzi proved herself years ago with critically acclaimed albums like 2002’s Suburban Sprawl and Alcohol and 2014’s Forever For Now before breaking through into the global mainstream with 2016’s Lost On You. The 2015 title track lead single hit number one in multiple European countries, but only managed to make a splash stateside on the U.S. rock charts.
2018’s Heart To Mouth features the unapologetic Pergolizzi at her lyrical best. With tracks like “When I’m Over You” and “Recovery," she delivers a perkily melancholic production style to her hard-hitting lyrics. LP continues her tradition of relatable-yet-masterful storytelling at the commercial height of a career with success long deserved. In an interview with Billboard, LP described “Recovery” as like being on a movie set, comparing the track to her own “crying scene:"
“It has to be sung with emotion; otherwise, it would come off silly," she says. "You can't be robotic about it; You've got to commit. You can't do the crying scene of a movie laughing, right?”
The biting lyrics of LP’s work tell their own story of personal life truths interspersed with clever turns of phrase, as the listener wonders how the clean, creative production managed to escape the American pop music charts. Hopefully it won't be too long before they catch up.
LP. With 76th Street. 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street; 480-659-1641; thevanburenphx.com. Tickets are $26 via TicketWeb.