Behind the moniker, Little Warrior is actually composer Lex Casciato, originally from “Steel City” Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That her alias fills one’s head with curiosity is no accident; Ms. Casciato has worked hard from her humble beginnings to the artist she is today.
With Flight Risk, her latest album, the LA-based singer’s talent shows in every lush, trip-hop tinged track.
In fact, atmosphere is key here. Framed by multiple genres, Casciato’s voice is eloquently direct as she navigates her way through a trail of emotions, an internal reflection that aims to separate what matters from what doesn’t.
Sometimes compared to Lana Del Rey or CHVRCHES, Casciato has a knack for channelling the likes of Bristol legends Portishead, setting her apart on cuts like Often. On it, she demonstrates a savvy blending of electronic modes, both past and present, with a result that is utterly compelling.
Elsewhere, on the closer Turned to Never Casciato sings, “I remember, when I thought you’d be forever/But then you turned to never, I never thought I’d find myself.” It’s a simple arrangement that builds with a decidedly escalating energy as drums, synth, and her angelic voice lock into a spiralling groove.
As it is, Flight Risk is an undeniably enjoyable listen, a graceful tug-of-war between sentimental melody, muscular auto-tuned electronics, and deeper truths yet to be resolved. As Casciato tellingly puts it, “Love, I’m still around/I wanna be found.”
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