"The female quartet beguile with their magnetic elements and reeling textures segueing easily from folk instrumentation to worldly beats." PB of Billboard
"Their intention on connection manifests as much musically as aesthetically, harmonies and styles weaving in subtle patterns like a world tapestry of shared myths and sounds." Doug Freeman of Austin's Chronicle
Based in Austin, TX
Founded in 2016
Genre: World Folk and Soul
Emilie Basez: Guitar/Vocals
Madeleine Froncek: Upright Bass/ Vocals
Kate Robberson: Ukulele/Vocals
Lydia Froncek: Percussion/ Vocals
"Oxum" is a celebration and prayer for fresh water. The final pre-release off of our upcoming album, the song came to be in Alto Parasio, Brazil. Words in Yoruba, Spanish and English are both a celebration and a call to protect our earth's most precious resource.
Four voices coalesce, rooted in rhythm. Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk, and soul and inspired by their world travels, the four women of Ley Line transcend genres and languages. Ley Line creates a global soundscape; blending influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Dynamic harmonies run like a current through textures of stand up bass, guitar, ukulele and world percussion. With strong ties to world folklore traditions, Ley Line’s multilingual compositions evoke the beauty of the human experience through our connection to nature and each other.
Ley Line is the musical merging of two duos. Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013. Since reuniting in Austin in 2016, Ley Line has been weaving together their individual journeys into a collective vision to unite audiences around the world. Their eclectic music explores balance and harmony between the unique perspectives of the four songwriters and instrumentalists.
The band’s debut album “Field Notes” released in 2016 is a compilation of original songs and world folk songs from Brazil. In the summer of 2017, the women of Ley Line returned to Brazil to further explore the roots of their musical inspiration. Over the course of three months, they traveled over 3,000 miles playing shows and capturing video footage and inspiration for their upcoming album. The visual album to be released in the spring of 2020 will incorporate original music and imagery inspired by the natural beauty, folklore and rich musical traditions of Brazil.
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