She has been labelled as Israel’s own Amy Winehouse, but Leat Haber’s ‘Wait for Me’ has a unique vintage inspired edge that takes us back to the old days.
Having listened to the likes of the Temptations, Jackson 5 and Cat Stevens whilst she was growing up, Leat has honed a quirky pop sound based on her favourite elements of older music. Leat is so devoted to the vintage image and vibe that she even uses old equipment in and out of the studio to obtain the perfect retro sound and stay faithful to the music that has fueled her songwriting passion. You can’t knock her for being a perfectionist!
The clean guitar tone conjures images of a 60s American high school dance, like something from a movie, whilst Leat’s vocals provide a distinct richness to the track. The subtle doo-wap back up singers complete the 50s/60s image and contribute to the overall texture of the song. This is one thing that makes Leat’s music so special, not only is it a delight for the ears, but it creates vivid imagery of the time period that one can easily imagine; Leat seems to be reinventing the music of then, for now.
‘Wait for Me’ was inspired partly by the television series, Mad Men, in which many of the female characters are stay at home wives, whilst the men work and often cheat without anything being said. Leat considers herself a feminist and so her inspiration for the song is justified as well as being an original starting point for song writing.
Comparing Leat to other artists is a difficult task when she is producing old-style pop music in the modern day, but vocally, she isn’t a million miles away from acts such as Paloma Faith, Gabriella Cilmi or even Duffy.
Overall, ‘Wait for Me’ is an wonderfully crafted piece of nostalgia made relevant for today’s audience, so watch this space when it comes to Leat Haber!