Ears Wide Open: Tempest


Singer-songwriter Gabrielle Wortman’s last two releases of earnest, polished pop earned her a modicum of attention – especially for the squishy anthem “Don’t Let Me Lose Control.” The New York-born, UCLA-educated songstress wasn’t even 21 when her 2009 album was released, and her 2011 “Voodoo” EP was adrift in production. Fresh off being named the Sundance Film Festival’s “Next Big Thing,” Wortman is now reinventing herself as Tempest, beaming her new music to Planet Electronica. Computer beats and feather-like textures suit well the 23-year-old’s new single “Ghost;” it’s a nice piano pop song, after all, airbrushed just so for the digital age.

||| Download: “Ghost”

||| Live: Tempest performs Sunday night at the Bootleg Bar along with Audiofauna, Big Tree and Body Parts.

Photo by Luis Ramos Valencia