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The Current’s Microshow: Amos Lee at The Hook
Microshow: Amos Lee at the Hook and Ladder
Tuesday, December 14
Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company
COVID Protocol – all attendees must show proof of vaccination to enter, masks required during the performance.
With one foot in the real world and the other in a charmed dimension of his own making, Amos Lee creates a rare kind of music that’s emotionally raw yet touched with a certain magical quality. On his eight album Dreamland, the Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter intimately documents his real-world struggles (alienation, anxiety, loneliness, despair), and outpouring born from deliberate and often painful self-examination. “For most of my life I’ve walked into rooms thinking, ‘I don’t belong here,’” says Lee. “I’ve come to the realization that I’m too comfortable as an isolated person, and I want to reach out more. This record came from questioning my connections to other people, to myself, to my past and to the future.”
All throughout Dreamland, Lee embraces an unfettered honesty, repeatedly shedding light on the darkest corners of his psyche. On “Into the Clearing,” for instance, the album takes on a moody intensity as Lee speaks to a desire for obliteration. “There’s always a longing to be one with the universe, to be one with nature, to be one with the sky,” he says. “And sometimes the only way you can be with the sky is to be smoke.”
In the making of Dreamland, Lee found his songwriting indelibly informed by his recent reading of Johann Hari’s 2018 book Lost Connections. “It’s about depression, which I have a pretty deep history with, and how our society and our generation looks at mental health and healing in terms of medication rather than thinking about our personal relationship to the people and the world around us,” he says. And with his release of Dreamland, Lee hopes that his songs might inspire others to live more fully and free of fear.