Jeff LeBlanc wanted to shake things up.
The Center Moriches singer-songwriter has been doing well touring colleges and opening for the likes of Boz Scaggs and Chris Isaak. But rather than heading into the studio for a chunk of time to work on the follow-up to 2015’s “Vision” album, LeBlanc decided to release singles instead.
“I think the drip-drip-drip approach may work better, especially with indie artists like me,” he says. “I’m going to hammer home one song at a time.”
The first new single, “Way You Are” (Jeff LeBlanc Music), marks another switch, moving to a more R&B direction. “It has a ’70s analog kind of feel, but a Frank Ocean beat,” he says. “It’s slow in tempo, but uplifting in message.”
The combination feels familiar and current simultaneously, with LeBlanc getting to stretch his sound a bit.
By rolling out only one single at a time, LeBlanc says he feels free to experiment more, rather than locking into a new sound for a whole album.
“That’s what I wanted to do on that song,” he says. “On the next song, maybe I want to do something more like Dawes.”
Exclusive subscription offer
Newsday covers the stories that matter most to Long Islanders. We dig deep to uncover the facts, hold the powerful in check and keep a watchful eye on Long Island.
Your digital subscription, starting at $1, supports local journalism vital to the community.SUBSCRIBE NOW