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.
As noted earlier this year in our review of Caravan Château, Alex Izenberg is not afraid of his influences. For this installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter digs into the pathos of Plastic Ono Band’s “Love”, and “Living Without You” — a cornerstone of Randy Newman’s 1968 debut long-player. A warm blanket in the ever-bizarre autumn of 2020.
Izenberg’s unpredictable song structures and weary vocal lines are his and his alone. The ride is a wild—almost terrifying—one at times, but as soon as you start to feel a little turned around, Izenberg is there to pick you up and dust you off.