[Lenka Kripac performs during SXSW at the Bat Bar on March 20, 2009]
Lenka [Kripac] is an Australian television actress turned ensemble musician with Decoder Ring, turned solo singer-songwriter, most famous worldwide for her song "The Show", which has been used in numerous advertisements, most notably for Old Navy.
Previously best known as an actress in Australia and as a host of a long-running children's breakfast cartoon program Cheez TV in Australia, she has appeared in numerous Australian television serials and feature films. She is now based in Los Angeles.
Lenka, former vocalist for critically-acclaimed indie/electro outfit Decoder Ring, will release her self-titled solo debut on 29th June 2009.
Lead single, "The Show", will proceed this on the 15th June. The song takes a dour premise - that life is a show, and sometimes a pretty bad one - and delivers it with such aplomb that you can't help but grin as it erupts into a bold, brassy closing refrain of "I want my money back!". Lenka's fresh sensibility extends to every element of her music, as the whimsical paper art, stop-motion animated videos she creates with visual artist James Gulliver Hancock demonstrate. ( YOU'VE PROBABLY ALL HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE, THE SHOW ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nTSU-mFWGs )
Other album highlights include the spine-tingling "Trouble Is A Friend," "Wrote Me Out," co-written (strangely) with AFI's Hunter Burgan, the seductive "Force of Nature," "Dangerous & Sweet" with Howie Day (stranger still) on guest vocals and the lullaby-like "Don't Let Me Fall," with strings conducted by composer/arranger David Campbell (otherwise known as Beck's father). Producer Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Jay Z) arranged for the session to take place in one of the historic Capitol Records studios.
More Info About Lenka
http://www.lenkamusic.com/, http://myspace.com/lenkamusic, http://www.youtube.com/user/lenkatv, http://twitter.com/LenkaMusic/, http://www.last.fm/music/Lenka (available full tracks are also linked above so you can listen !)