INTERVIEW with Elizabeth Le Fey of GLOBELAMP

By Alex Brown - 10.5.15

Elizabeth Le Fey’s cosmic consciousness roams between the psychedelic whimsy of Syd Barett and a menagerie of ethereal, somber folk music inspired by Karen Dalton, Vashti Bunyan, and Conor Oberst. It’s an enchanted tone that comes to life on eight-track recordings about childhood and death; a story she tells through a folkie psychedelic murk colored by the forests of California and Washington, her endless curiosity about everything from spiders to tarot cards, and a broken heart.

Le Fey is a spirit looking to connect with her native land—lost between the solemnity of nature and a bustling big city. Globelamp is her attempt to remain honest, in a dishonest land.”
Hey Elizabeth, how are you and what are you up to today?

Today I am going to work in the darkroom (I work at the photo department at my school) and currently I am drinking some blueberry tea.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

I would describe my sound as subconscious contemplates put to melodies, voices of an old soul voice that can change to a child rapidly.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

The Beatles, Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, Nina Simone, Spice Girls
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
Elliott Smith - Elliott Smith
Joanna Newsom - The Milk Eyed Mender
Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?

Taylor Swift - she made my birth year, 1989, extremely famous.
Kate Nash - she is a badass musician that the world needs.
Joel Jerome - amazing song writer.
Rose WIndows - a truly powerful psychedelic band. blows my mind live every time.

What are some of the key pieces of gear you use to write your tracks?

Acoustic guitar and piano/keyboard

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?

It's hard to pick a best gig. My favorites are the ones when people sing along to my songs. I think my best gig will be the one in London ;)

What’s the worst gig you have ever done and why?

with Globelamp the worst gig I ever have played was this benefit show in Olympia where everyone talked over my set
when I played in Foxygen the worst gig we ever played was a TIny Desk session that never was shown to the public because it was so bad.


I love it and always go back to it to relax. At school this quarter I have spent a lot of time studying classical music.



Soul singers


probably one of my biggest inspirations.. Cat Stevens, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel, Vashti Bunyan, Devendra Banhart


you know, I haven't really listened to this. someone can make me a mix..?

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I am releasing a full length album on vinyl this fall called "The Orange Glow" and will be going on a west coast tour this summer with my band.

If you weren't a musician what would you be?

a photojournalist


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