Artist Spotlight: Left at Atlantic

Paul Karner

(Harji Bedi and Ted Toussaint)

Those in attendance at the premier of The Soundboard Live at the Underground Coffeehouse witnessed the sweet croonings of freshman Harji Bedi. Bedi, however, is mostly recognized from his performances with Left at Atlantic – an acoustic pop project with friend and fellow freshman Ted Toussaint. The two surprised audience members at LU Live at the beginning of the year and have since been warming hearts with their pristine harmonies and smooth guitar playing.
Bedi and Toussaint have been playing music together since their elementary school days, singing in boys choir. Through their interaction in a number of ensembles in high school, the two musicians eventually began writing songs together and playing shows under the name Left at Atlantic.
Bedi describes their music as “acoustic guitar sweetness,” and their shows do not disappoint. Bedi and Toussaint have the sound of seasoned performers with the intimacy of rookies to the music scene. Citing influences such as Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, and – more infamously – Tenacious D, the music of Left at Atlantic contains a kind of dignity that is rare in the often thrown-together college music scene.
Having grown up in Appleton, Toussaint is currently studying physics at Lawrence. Bedi, who moved to Appleton from Chicago as a child, is still figuring out a major. While dealing with the stresses of their first year at Lawrence, Left at Atlantic has been working to keep their music progressing and moving forward as a band. They have recorded a couple songs for the upcoming Lawrence University compilation CD, scheduled for release May 12, and have plans to record a full CD in the next few months.
For more information about Left at Atlantic visit myspace.com/leftatatlantic or purevolume.com/leftatatlantic. With the type of reputation that these two young artists have built for themselves in their short time at Lawrence, there’s no reason to expect anything less than greatness from Left at Atlantic in years to come.

(Harji Bedi and Ted Toussaint)

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