Earlier today, NYC cult favorites Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons released Razor Wing Butterfly, the band’s first release of entirely new material since 2017’s America Weeping.

“She has found her sound and she has found her partners in crime to display it with,” Jammerzine editor Ryan Martin writes in his premiere of the album. “Her Demons are as much cohorts as they are band members and it shows; they each capture their own personalities in the music and what comes out is a truly collaborative effort.”

Even after a delay in release amidst COVID-19 and ongoing protests against racial injustice, Butterfly finds Leckie continuing to lean into the americana-tinged psych rock that her Demons have been building across six albums and a live record (2018’s Live at Mercury Lounge). Mixing the supernatural with the realities of current events, Butterfly aims to be both an escape and a snapshot of this moment in history.

Lorraine Leckie was born on a horse in Northern Ontario surrounded by the music of Neil Young, but her own path into music wouldn’t begin for another few decades.

In the ’70s, she converted to punk rock, married Steve Leckie of The Viletones, and started her career as a makeup artist in the fashion industry. After a decade living in Europe, she put down roots in New York and began working with celebrity clients including Paul McCartney and Heidi Klum, but it wasn’t until the age of 37 that Leckie decided it was time for a change. She got a guitar, formed a band, and was soon performing at legendary New York venues like Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Mercury Lounge.

Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons debuted with 2008’s Four Cold Angels, a blend of Americana and psychedelic rock, before taking an acoustic route for 2010’s Martini Eyes, which netted Village Voice critic Tom Semioli’s Album of the Year pick that year in the publication’s annual Pazz & Jop Poll.

Since then, Leckie hasn’t stayed complacent within one genre, moving between folk noir collaborations with celebrated art critics (2012’s Rudely Interrupted featuring Anthony Haden-Guest), deep fried country rock (2014’s Rebel Devil Devil Rebel), and apocalypse-tinged americana (2015’s The Raven Smiled) with ease. Leckie’s first album in nearly three years, this June’s Razor Wing Butterfly, serves as a celebration and refinement of Leckie and her Demons’ decade plus in music, recruiting guitarist Hugh Pool to the fold and recording at legendary Brooklyn studio Excello Recording.

Razor Wing Butterfly is out now on all digital platforms.

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