Lindi Ortega gives fair warning: "Don’t come any closer to my heart /If you’re afraid of the dark." However, that shroud is slowly lifted in her new album, "Liberty." As the narrative unfolds in this concept album, a central character emerges—one who finally sheds the darkness of her past and emerges into the light. As melodies and tempos change, her journey carries her steadily forward. "I think the most important thing for me was that I ended on a very positive note because I've had so many people tell me that my songs helped them through really hard times in their life," Lindi says. "That struck a chord for me, because just like everybody else, I have had hard times in my life, and continue to have pockets of difficult moments here and there. If I can provide some sort of solace with my music, then that gives me every reason to make music. I wanted this record to be all about helping people through the darkness." The melodies and arrangements of Liberty draw on the epic work of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who became one of Lindi's musical obsessions during the writing and recording of the album. Moreover she enlisted Nashville producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) when she discovered their shared passion for Quentin Tarantino movies. It is fitting that NPR’s All Things Considered has described Ortega as "genre-defying in both her music and her personal style."