Widely regarded as LA's most unknown songwriter, Laslow Simplex sings songs that shine a flickering light into the farthest corners of the soul. Armed with just a steely guitar and a jaundiced eye, he wanders the sun-roasted streets and desert highways in search of insights, outtakes, and off-ramps.
Spanning the outer margins of folk-rock, country, jazz, and americana, Laslow’s music is a singular, often bare-knuckle brew. He flies in the face of modern convention by recording his songs on an old reel-to-reel tape recorder through one microphone. Then, deftly leaping the digital fence, he adds just the right amount of drums, upright bass, slide guitar, organ, cello - whatever the song demands.
Laslow draws on a wide range of influences: Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Chet Baker, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Talking Heads, Django Reinhart, Steely Dan, Jimmie Rodgers - and even The Monkees. A musician from childhood, he’s played in every imaginable context, from big bands to sawdust-floored country bars to festival stages and dark urban coffee-houses.
On his latest release, “Acoustic Evidence,” he wanders even further afield - straight through the mind of JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Music writer Andrea Guy says: “There are plenty of songs out there that can make you think, and even reflect on a person or an event in history, but rarely can you find a collection of them. Laslow's songwriting really lets the listener into the head of the assassin. Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars.”