The Lagniappe Sessions :: Alex Izenberg

Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

Alex Izenberg resurfaced this past May with the release of his third full-length, I’m Not Here. Introspective and impressionistic, it’s an album that defies easy categorization. This is both a testament to Izenberg’s idiosyncratic pop-craft, and the sonic palette set forth by producer Greg Hartunian, with an assist from Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth. For this, his second Lagniappe Session, the singer-songwriter reflects on the nature of impermanence via a cover of Jim Croce’s 1972 hit single, “Time In A Bottle”. Fast-forward to present day and we find Izenberg paying tribute to Fleet Floxes’ “I’m Not My Season”, culled from the group’s 2020 lp, Shore. Izenberg’s notes on his selections, below.

Alex Izenberg :: Time In A Bottle (Jim Croce)

I chose to cover “Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce not only because of the universality of the lyrics and melodic quality of the song but also because I identify with Jim Croce. So many popular artists that get circulated look like they could be in a Netflix show or in a clothing ad, but Jim just looked like a regular Joe that you’d see at a gas station and he wrote some of the most touching songs that still resonate 50 years on. I hope my version honors Jim’s memory, legacy and family who inspired him to write this wonderful song.

Alex Izenberg :: I’m Not My Season (Fleet Foxes)

I covered “I’m Not My Season” by Fleet Foxes seeing as I’ve been a fan of their records for a long time. Robin Pecknold is a fantastic songwriter and while Shore, the album from which the song was taken, is in my opinion their most laid back work, I thought this song particularly was very melodic and pretty. Fleet Foxes are one of my favorite contemporary artists and it was suggested to me that I cover a newer song so I decided to give this this track a shot because it seemed somewhat in my wheelhouse.

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