RNZ Music is delighted to present California-born Kiwi singer-songwriter Alma Leta’s new single ‘Lover Boy Blues’. It’s the perfect track to round out the year with a sad boogie.
Alma Leta moved to New Zealand from California when she was just 7 years old. She’s always felt a strong pull towards music and has been writing songs since she was a little girl. But it wasn’t until she was 20 and visiting her father in the U.S that Alma decided to pick up a mic and record her own songs.
Since then, she’s been on a roll. Teaming up with Wellington producer Nik Brinkman (Over The Atlantic, Psychic Powers, Junica) in 2018, she’s released multiple tracks including ‘Flowers’ and ‘Cross My Heart’. The pair are currently working on Alma’s new EP, which is due out next year.
Multi-talented Nik also directed the song’s vibrant video: “We thought it could be fun to choreograph a little dance during the choruses,” says Alma, “We filmed the video in our old warehouse that we live in.
“It was really the perfect set for the job as the loud colourful interior, seen in the verses, made an interesting juxtaposition to my rather glum expressions and the lethargic way I pottered aimlessly around the house.“
‘Lover Boy Blues’ is an expression of pure frustration and captures the exasperation felt when somebody you have feelings for is giving you mixed signals. Alma’s ability as a storyteller is evident in this track, the verses swirling with sadness and confusion, with power reclaimed in the chorus. The track ends with a sense of empowerment and resolution.