Cross My Heart Hope to Die is an exquisite new music/art project whose new EP, Vita E Morte, was just released this week. Cross My Heart Hope to Die features trippy, noirish music by producers DJ Muggs and Andrew Kline and sultry vocals by singer Bevi. The sound falls somewhere between trip-hop and Goth rock, which I love. Their live performances also showcase multi-media art installations by curator Sean Bonner.
It saddens me that the extraordinary Leela James had to join a reality tv show (R&B Divas LA) to get some much deserved media attention. When I first posted about her debut back in 2005, Leela seemed poised to infuse what was at the time a very lifeless music scene with some much needed soul. Sadly, Leela was a few years too early for the Sharon Jones-led retro revival. Though she continued to record and enjoy a measure of success, Leela has yet to become the star she should be. The song “Save Me” from her new album, Fall for You, shows Leela’s voice hasn’t lost any of its strength or depth.