Ahead of Lala Lala’s debut UK tour dates next month, she has today released a new collaborative single with WHY? The track “Siren 042” and accompanying video are out now via Hardly Art.
Of the collaboration, Lala Lala’s Lillie West says, "Yoni once talked me down when we were on the strongest LSD of my life and I claimed to be "drowning in a river of sadness.” I text him when I'm sick. Is he my life coach? Seems that way. I am a WHY? super fan and making this song was a dream come true. I hope to trick him into letting me into his home and more collaboration soon.”
WHY?’s Yoni Wolf adds: "From the golden olden days when Lillie used to sneak backstage at WHY? shows to drink up the whole rider and taint the water supply while the band was on stage, I never would have guessed I would end up such close friends with the Lala Lala songwriter. But fate has a strange way of contorting space, time, and our better judgements. I’d say we started to get close when we sat down for my podcast and talked it all out. I feel confused. I just adore her.”
“Siren 042” follows the September 2018 release of Lala Lala’s critically acclaimed album ‘The Lamb’ via Hardly Art. “The Lamb was written during a time of intense paranoia after a home invasion, deaths of loved ones and general violence around me and my friends,” says West. “I started to frequently and vividly imagine the end of the world, often becoming too frightened to leave my house. This led me to spend a lot of time examining my relationships and the choices I’d made, often wondering if they were correct and/or kind.”
Performed by West with Emily Kempf on bass/backup vocals and Ben Leach on drums, the musical arrangements of the album -- blending post punk with dream pop influences that incorporate vibrant synths, a drum machine, and even saxophone -- find a balance between light and dark, reinforcing these dynamic and intimate songs that truly resonate.
Following the release of new album ‘The Lamb’ on Friday via Hardly Art, Lala Lala -- the Chicago-based project of Lillie West — has announced European tour dates for early 2019 along with a new video.
The video for “Scary Movie” is made up of recently discovered footage, originally filmed on 16mm by West’s parents before she was born. West re-edited it for the new song, explaining: “‘Scary Movie’ is primarily about perception and the often blurred line between reality and non-reality. For the video I wanted to use this 16mm footage my parents took of each other before I was born because although I didn't exist yet, their experience is in some way a part of me, so watching it is both familiar and disorienting. This is where I came from, but if I view it as memory, I am technically wrong. It feels real and fake at the same time, which is how every day feels sometimes, and is what the song is about.”
Following US dates with Mothers, WHY? and LVL UP, Lala Lala’s debut European tour will take place early next year. Dates are:
14/02/19 : The Prince Albert – Brighton (UK)
16/02/19 : The Sunflower Lounge – Birmingham (UK)
17/02/19 : The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
18/02/19 : Broadcast – Glasgow (UK)
19/02/19 : YES – Manchester (UK)
21/02/19 : Sebright Arms – London (UK)
22/02/19 : Olympic Café – Paris (F)
23/02/19 : Vera – Groningen (NL)
24/02/19 : Botanique – Brussels (B)
25/02/19 : Paradiso – Amsterdam (NL)
26/02/19 : Bumann & Sohn – Köln (D)
28/02/19 : Vega – Copenhagen (DK)
01/03/19 : Oceanen – Gothenburg (S)
02/03/19 : Melodybox – Stockholm (S)
03/03/19 : Plan B – Malmö (S)
04/03/19 : Aalhaus – Hamburg (D)
05/03/19 : Monarch – Berlin (D)
Lala Lala -- the Chicago-based project of Lillie West -- today shared “Dove,” the third song from her new album ‘The Lamb’ which comes out September 28th on Hardly Art.
"’Dove’ is very plainly about the death of someone I loved a lot and the guilt I had and still have afterwards," West explains of the plaintive and heartfelt track.
Lala Lala, the Chicago-based project of Lillie West, today premiered a new stop motion animated video for “Water Over Sex”. West says the second song off her forthcoming album ‘The Lamb’ (out September 28th on Hardly Art) is about a paranoid feeling “that any good fortune I encountered would be subsequently taken from me to ‘balance the scales.’”
The video was co-directed by Matthew James-Wilson and Toronto-based illustrator Ginette Lapalme. James-Wilson explains how the video came about, commenting: “I know Ginette from the comics scene in Toronto and, since Lillie is a fan (with her stickers on her guitar case and a few tattoos of her drawings), I wanted to work on an animated music video with her for the new album. We spent a week straight shooting using fabric, photocopies, Ginette's collection of miniatures and knick-knacks, and stuff we found at 99 cent stores in Chinatown. The video follows a lamb doll (which Ginette made) continually daydreaming about the objects around her while she tries to live a relaxing life. We wanted to sort of indirectly reference the conflict in the song about how your lifestyle changes after you quit drinking. Since we all live in three different cities and couldn't film Lillie for it, I asked Lillie to send over webcam footage of her singing the song that we could animate over.”
Originally from London, West moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she spent her teenage years, and later to Chicago. She initially started Lala Lala as a way to communicate things that she felt she could never say out loud. But on ‘The Lamb’, her second full-length and debut for Hardly Art, she has found strength in vulnerability. Through bracing hooks and sharp lyrics, the 24-year-old songwriter and guitarist illustrates a nuanced look on her own adulthood -- her fraught insecurity, struggles with addiction, and the loss of several people close to her.
“’The Lamb’ was written during a time of intense paranoia after a home invasion, deaths of loved ones and general violence around me and my friends,” says West. “I started to frequently and vividly imagine the end of the world, often becoming too frightened to leave my house. This led me to spend a lot of time examining my relationships and the choices I’d made, often wondering if they were correct and/or kind.”
The album’s final form came together while recording at Rose Raft Studio in rural Illinois. Performed by West with Emily Kempf on bass/backup vocals and Ben Leach on drums, the musical arrangements of the album -- blending post punk with dream pop influences that incorporate vibrant synths, a drum machine, and even saxophone -- find a balance between light and dark, reinforcing these dynamic and intimate songs that will surely resonate.
Lala Lala kicked off an extensive North American tour on August 8th at Chicago’s House of Vans (where West took over Pitchfork’s Instagram Story), and will continue to play shows through mid-October with Wolf Parade, LVL UP, WHY?, and Mothers. News of European dates will follow soon.