Buzzy Lee is the project of Los Angeles performer, writer, and actress Sasha Spielberg. She’s also a humorist, a writer and singer. Lee’s debut EP Facepaint, was produced by electronic artist and frequent collaborator Nicolas Jaar, is a collection of five songs that began, in true Sasha fashion, as voice notes on an iPhone – vague impressions, fraught with restlessness and self-doubt. Buzzy Lee is currently on tour with The Dirty Projectors.
Sasha on Facepaint EP:
“‘New Recording 4091’ was the thirty second morsel of a melody that made me realize I had a problem with avoidance. On ‘New Recording 2072,’ I found my distraction through falling in love. On ‘New Recording 3176’ I had found a distraction through the vortex that is Google search, ending up on WebMD – but I knew I had to finish a song my own. And really finish it – which was maybe more terrifying than my WebMD diagnoses.”
This is when Sasha’s longtime friend Nico came in, to accompany her in her distractions, traveling the path of her whimsy, following her fantasies and seeing them through – someone who knows both sides of her; the nostalgist and the comedian, the entertainer and the escapist – Buzzy Lee.
“Nico provided the safe space within our always effervescent friendship and creative relationship,” she explains, of her partnership with longtime friend Nicolas Jaar. “I ate sandwiches and cried and laughed and reflected and reverted to childhood and here are the songs that sprung from those two weeks lying on Nico’s living room floor. I hope you enjoy. Here’s to finally titling voice notes.”
Friday 18 May | Birmingham, AL | Saturn
Saturday 19 May | Nashville, TN | Exit In
Monday 21 May | St Louis, MO | The Ready Room
Tuesday 22 May | Chicago, Il | Thalia Hall
Wednesday 23 May | Detroit, MI | El Club
Friday 25 May | Toronto, ON | The Great Hall
Saturday 26 May | Montreal, QC | Belmont
Tuesday 29 May | Millvale, PA | Mr. Smalls Theatre
Wednesday 30 May | New York, NY | Public Arts
Friday 1 June | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club