Watch LéPonds’ ‘Operator,’ the New Video from St. Louis’ Most Mysterious Indie Rock Outfit

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Lisa Houdei is a bit of a shapeshifter. As the lyricist behind LéPonds—and, oh yeah, the voice, and the guitarist, and also sometimes the bassist and the drummer, and every single harmony line on that chorus that sounds like a ’60s surf-rock girl group in a bleached-out Polaroid—she’s been quietly building a reputation around town for years, popping up as an opening act for indie darlings like Natalie Prass, Haley Heynderickx and Foxing.

But her new video, “Operator,” feels a little like a thesis statement for her particularly kaleidoscopic brand: nimble vocals that can cartwheel from gravelly to sweet in a single line, paired with dreamy, retro instrumentation that swirls and flows like the technicolor churn of a car wash. Love can spin you around and shake you up and turn you upside down; so can a great song about a telephone operator with a (maybe) secret agenda.

Like what you hear in this exclusive release for ALIVE readers? Keep an eye on the LéPonds website for information on their forthcoming EP “Lean To,an experimental project, some of which is being recorded outdoors. “I’ve always wanted to record an album outside and include all of its intricacies and challenges,” Houdei says. “Whether that be snowfall, wind, or me struggling to catch my breath in the cold, I want it to be raw.” We can’t wait to step outside the box with her.

Images courtesy of Lisa Houdei.

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