Interview: LØLØ Displays on Her Unapologetically Confessional Debut, ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’

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LØLØ’s debut album ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ traces the processes of frustration, negotiation, and acceptance that’s all too acquainted in a breakup.
‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ – LØLØ


Drawing inspiration from her favorite childhood story The Wizard of Oz, LØLØ pieced conceptual truths collectively on her debut album; and it’s really – and solely – her.

From percussive rhythms, rock guitars and inventive storytelling, spunky lyricism continues to characterise LØLØ and her artistry. With distinctive and quirky imagery in her writing, LØLØ delivers her tales with a carefree that maintains her relatability and authenticity in her debut file, falling for robots & wishing i used to be one (out June 7 by way of Hopeless Information).

falling for robots & wishing i was one - LØLØ
falling for robots & wishing i used to be one – LØLØ

Main as much as the extremely anticipated launch, the Toronto-born singer (née Lauren Mandel) has seen hovering success within the pop-punk scene already. Having toured with iconic bands like Boys Like Ladies and Towards The Present, LØLØ is simply simply getting began. falling for robots & wishing i used to be one showcases her greatest and extra: sparse acoustic tracks accompany her acquainted guitar-heavy sound, showcasing expansive vocals and heart-on-her-sleeve lyricism, enriching the electrical dynamism that already exists in her artistry.

The tracklist juggles between emotions of acceptance, anger, frustration, disappointment and love – very like the turbulent inside negotiations of a breakup. LØLØ steps exterior this turbulence in tracks like “want i used to be a robotic” and “kill the lady,” however totally embraces the chaos in tracks like “u flip me on (however u give me despair)” and “sizzling women in hell.” “ideas from the bathe” and “i’d repair you if i may” intercept LØLØ’s inside workings, presenting moments of negotiation amidst the highs and lows. Refusing to draw back from reality, falling for robots & wishing i used to be one will resonate with audiences for its unapologetic ferocity.

LØLØ 'falling for robots & wishing i was one' © Steph Verschuren
LØLØ ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ © Steph Verschuren

LØLØ not too long ago spoke to Atwood Journal about songwriting and touring, discussing the thematic and conceptual threads that tie the album collectively.

The singer carried herself with a surety and openness as she described her songwriting processes, in addition to her influences and inspirations. She mentioned why she loves conceptual artistry, and why that was vital in crafting her debut album. falling for robots & wishing i used to be one is definitely the buildup of every part LØLØ up to now, however it’s clear we’re solely simply at the start.

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A CONVERSATION WITH LØLØ

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Atwood Journal: Congratulations on falling for robots & wishing i used to be one! How are you feeling as we get nearer to the discharge, and the way is it completely different out of your previous releases?

LØLØ: Yeah, I imply, it’s the primary time I’ve gotten to inform a full story, I’ve gotten to incorporate much more items of singer-songwriter songs. Up to now, it’s been an EP of six songs and I’ll throw in a single slower one, however these had been all the time my favorite ones. It’s been good to have the ability to embody extra of these and simply present completely different sides of me. I’m actually excited, but additionally very nervous. I’ve a lot enjoyable making the music, however in terms of placing it out, it’s such as you work so onerous for thus lengthy, after which rapidly, it’s simply out and it’s as much as all people else. So there’s undoubtedly quite a lot of nerves however simply as a lot pleasure.

I liked the slower songs on the album! Inform me what led to the conception of the file, and what the inventive course of was like?

LØLØ: Properly, the primary music that I wrote on the album is definitely the final music that’s on the album, which is ‘u & the tin man’. I wrote that a couple of years in the past. And after I wrote it, I used to be like, oh, that is actually cool. Like, it was quite a lot of cool imagery. And I simply actually appreciated the concept of it. I’ve all the time actually liked The Wizard of Oz, it’s like my favorite film since I used to be a child.

After I wrote that, I used to be like, I don’t actually wish to put this out on my EPs. I wished this to be a part of one thing greater as a result of I actually felt prefer it was a great music. So I simply saved it in my again pocket. I wasn’t actually writing for an album on the time, however then I wrote the opposite music, ‘want i used to be a robotic’. After which I used to be like, okay, this type of goes with tin man. Like, it’s humorous as a result of in tin man, I’m speaking about, like, f*** this robotic man. After which on this music, I’m like, oh, however I want I was one as a result of I’m so overly emotional and delicate, and I want I wasn’t like that. After I wrote that one, I felt like there was one thing right here. They’re two sides of the coin: hating, then additionally wishing I may very well be that. In order that’s after I began placing the album collectively. That was after I began writing songs to slot in all of the gaps and accumulating issues, and got here up with the album. That’s why I named it Falling For Robots and Wishing I Was One. I made positive each music on the album was both about falling for a robotic or wishing I used to be one.

LØLØ 'falling for robots & wishing i was one' © Steph Verschuren
LØLØ ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ © Steph Verschuren

I wished to speak about your songwriting a bit bit as nicely. I believe there’s such a pleasant mixture of empowering but additionally unapologetically weak lyrics. What’s your songwriting course of like?

LØLØ: Yeah, so I all the time begin with lyrics each single time. I’m very a lot a lyric individual. I’ll normally consider a title or one thing, and I’ll write, I assume a poem, about it. I’ll put the music to it after. I assume like on a regular basis life, no matter conjures up me. I’ve a observe on my telephone the place I write a bunch of titles or generally after I’m actually feeling it I’d write extra lyrics to it. It normally begins on my mattress with an acoustic guitar and my lyrics. And generally it completely ends there. And I’m like, okay, the music is finished. And generally I simply write a verse or refrain, after which deliver it in. For “sizzling women in hell,” for instance, I wrote the entire first first half and went right into a songwriting session. I used to be like, I’ve this, however I wished it to be indignant so we made it actually mad. But it surely nonetheless simply actually relies upon. However yeah, all the time beginning with lyrics. I’m very a lot a lyric lady.

I like that. Do you discover it actually therapeutic to be so candid in your music? Or is it fairly scary?

LØLØ: Haha yeah, truthfully, I used to search out it so scary. Like the concept of even writing a music again within the day, I used to be like, I’ll simply merely by no means try this. I wished to be a singer, however I didn’t wish to be a author. I wished to be extra of a performer. I’d have liked to be on Broadway again within the day. And after I began writing songs, I don’t know. I used to be so in opposition to sharing after which I was an oversharer. It actually went from one excessive to the opposite haha! However yeah, it’s very therapeutic. And truthfully, there’s one thing actually unusual about sharing your deepest, darkest secrets and techniques to strangers. I really feel like lots of people possibly suppose I’m over-exaggerating, which you realize, after all, generally I’m very dramatic in my lyrics, so generally I actually am. However there’s one thing very liberating about oversharing with hundreds of thousands of strangers which might be gonna hear the music. I sort of needed to simply dive in deep. I assumed, if we’re gonna do that, we’re going full out. In order that’s the way it obtained to be.

I wouldn’t say it’s oversharing in any respect! I discovered quite a lot of the songs actually relatable which is a testomony to how folks simply obtain the music by the filter of their very own experiences.

LØLØ: Yeah, that’s so true! In a few of my songs I’m so particular about precisely what drink they had been consuming, this and that. And even then I’ve had folks be like, that verse is about my ex, are you aware my ex-boyfriend? Like, it’s so humorous. And I really feel like I try this too after I hearken to songs. I image my very own life after I hear the lyrics. In order that does make it much less intense to put in writing these lyrics as a result of individuals are deciphering it with their very own story.

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LØLØ ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ © Steph Verschuren

What would you say is the general theme of the songs on this album?

LØLØ: I imply, nicely, I’d say the 2 themes are falling for robots, and wishing I used to be one. So it could be falling for heartless folks with no emotion that I simply can’t crack, after which the opposite facet of it being like, how do I hold doing this each time? How am I falling for a similar sort of individual? After which the opposite facet of it being too delicate or emotional, feeling like every part impacts me a lot. And simply feeling like I like too deeply and it finally ends up biting me within the ass. So simply the polarisation of these two issues. I assume opposites appeal to which is why it retains occurring. However yeah, the album is these two issues, the 2 extremes.

How has this venture helped you to develop as an artist, musician, or songwriter?

LØLØ: I really feel like each time I write one thing, or put one thing out, I develop a bit extra and study a bit extra about myself. Particularly on this album, I really feel like I’ve undoubtedly opened a extra weak facet of myself with a number of the extra stripped again songs, and labored on my storytelling.

It’s humorous as a result of each time I write a music, I’m like, oh my god, I’m by no means gonna write a greater music than that, and I sort of freak out. However then I find yourself writing a unique music that’s like not even essentially higher than the final, so you’ll be able to’t even examine it. It’s like apples and oranges. So yeah, that’s all the time been a concern of mine that I’ll cease writing a music that I like. However then I find yourself writing one other good music that’s simply completely different. So I assume I’m all the time simply rising and altering in that sense.

Have been you fairly particular in regards to the tracklisting?

LØLØ: Oh my god yeah, I went over it one million occasions. I saved switching it round. I wished to ensure that after I learn the story down it made sense. So the intro goes straight into “omg,” and it’s humorous as a result of the intro was the final monitor I wrote for the album, and the primary music I wrote for the album is the final on the tracklist. So the primary music you hear because the listener is the very last thing I wrote and the very last thing you hear is the very first thing I wrote… That’s really fairly cool, I simply realised that now haha! However yeah, I knew I wished an intro that went proper into the primary music, like I wished to to be virtually like a prequel to the primary music.

I like that symbolically as nicely, it’s sort of like introspection, or trying again from the place to begin. What was it about “u & the tin man” that made you’re feeling it was a better?

LØLØ: I don’t even know, it was only a feeling. There’s some occasions I really feel like I ought to’ve ended with ‘want i used to be a robotic’. These had been the 2, which is smart. Considered one of them is within the center and one is on the finish.

I used to be doing like, ‘intro’ and ‘omg’ because the nervousness stage. Then ‘faceplant’ is whenever you’re like I’m dying, assist. Falling in love is ‘2 of us’. Pondering he’s really sort of f*ed is ‘gloria’ then explaining that ‘u flip me on (however u give me despair)’. It’s like these emotions of being in it however I additionally hate you. ‘want i used to be a robotic’ is like, I hate myself. After which frozen and held again in ‘ideas from the bathe’. That’s like an interlude of one other nervousness factor. ‘poser’ goes again to the man, and ‘snow in berlin’ is reminiscing. ‘kill the lady’ is like I nonetheless miss you, f** me. “i’d repair you if i may” is realisation once more after which ‘u and the tin man’ is reflection.

Okay wonderful, so it’s just like the seven levels!

LØLØ: Yeah actually, haha!

What would you say this album symbolises within the trajectory of your musicianship for you?

LØLØ: I imply, it’s my first album, which is an enormous deal. I assume it’s my first like, take a look at the world. It’s my first that is me as an artist, saying that is what I’m, that is who I’m.

LØLØ 'falling for robots & wishing i was one' © Steph Verschuren
LØLØ ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ © Steph Verschuren

LØLØ 'falling for robots & wishing i was one' © Steph Verschuren
LØLØ ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ © Steph Verschuren

Have been you listening to many different artists whereas making this album?

LØLØ: boygenius was a serious affect on a bunch of the songs on the album. I went to Coachella final yr, and I watched boygenius. I used to be actually blown away. I don’t understand how I missed the boygenius prepare, I hadn’t listened to the file entrance to again, after which I noticed their set the place they mainly performed the entire thing. I keep in mind simply standing there and it impressed so many alternative concepts. However my telephone was useless! And usually I write down every part on my telephone so I actually wished to recollect all these items, and I keep in mind I used to be drunk and I ate like a weed gummy. So my thoughts was identical to in one million locations. I used to be simply repeating the concepts again and again. Like that’s the place I obtained the concept for the thin jean lyric, and ‘2 of us’, and a bunch of the lyrics on “sizzling women in hell.” I used to be simply repeating it for the remainder of the evening at Coachella, I used to be identical to “skinny denims!” in my head again and again.

Haha so this possibly is a troublesome query to ask, however what’s your favorite music on the album?

LØLØ: I believe “sizzling women in hell,” and “gloria.” Truthfully, I really feel like they’re my faves. Oh, no, no, sorry. Additionally “i’d repair you if i may.”

I believe I simply love being like, so hype and energetic and screaming all my anger. And I additionally love the weak facet. And I like how ‘sizzling women in hell’ is each. It goes from unhappy to mad to unhappy to mad. And I believe that actually displays how you’re feeling after you lose somebody otherwise you undergo a breakup. One second you’re unhappy and one second you’re indignant. So I actually love that one. I like performing it at live shows the place folks don’t essentially know me and so they suppose I’m gonna play a sluggish music. After which rapidly I’m like, “you’re f*ing disgusting!” and so they’re like, oh shit. ‘gloria’ I simply suppose is basically cool as a result of it was a brand new concept I by no means wrote about earlier than. I’ve written so many breakup songs however the concept of ‘gloria’ was actually distinctive and even the way in which I instructed the story is basically completely different for me. So I appreciated that one as a result of it’s simply completely different from my different stuff. For ‘i’d repair you if i may’ that one simply actually will get me, like in a great way. So these are my three favourites.

I additionally love the idea artwork for all of the singles up to now, and the album cowl. Might you discuss extra about the way you conceptualised that?

LØLØ: So I knew I wished the quilt to be me as a punked out Dorothy. I’ve identified that for some time as a result of ever since I wrote tin man I knew I wished that to be the final monitor. As soon as I found out all of the songs on the album and wrote ‘want i used to be a robotic’ I assumed it’d be protected if it was me attempting to place a coronary heart on the tin man however he’s really a robotic, yeah I’ve simply all the time liked that Wizard of Oz story, the story behind it, the prequel. So I assume I simply thought it could be actually cool imagery for it.

By way of the singles, I discovered one artist that I appreciated to do all of the singles in order that it could be cohesive. I don’t even keep in mind how I discovered this lady, I believe it was like on Instagram, and I simply liked her stuff. She had by no means really accomplished something like that earlier than, she does commissions now. I simply actually liked her stuff, it felt like my persona in a means. So we sort of went backwards and forwards, I’d inform her what the music is about after which I’d say, I believe it may very well be one thing like this, however inform me what your concepts are.

Will there be extra visuals and music movies coming?

LØLØ: Yeah! So I simply did two days of visualisers for the remainder of the album. They’re all sort of like music movies I assume, however they’re extra easy issues simply because I used to be like, I solely have this a lot cash for every part. However yeah, there’ll be a visible for every music. After which “gloria” is gonna have a cute lyric video.

LØLØ 'falling for robots & wishing i was one' © Steph Verschuren
LØLØ ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ © Steph Verschuren

I can’t wait to see them! Okay so reflecting a bit in your profession up to now, you’ve toured with some actually iconic artists. Are you able to inform us extra about what that has been like for you?

LØLØ: Yeah, I’ve been actually fortunate when it comes to excursions and every part I’ve gotten. I’m tremendous grateful for that. I thank New Discovered Glory for locating me on a Spotify playlist, so thank Spotify additionally. However yeah they sort of took me on my first tour. It was a two month tour, I had no concept what the f*** I used to be doing. They actually believed in me and taught me a lot. After which from there, I’ve simply gotten extra alternatives and gone to tour with different folks and simply been driving the wave. And I haven’t gotten off but. In order that’s been nice. It’s additionally identical to rising up on the identical time, being uncovered to all these items, can also be so inspiring. For my writing but additionally simply in life. I’m simply tremendous grateful for all of the alternatives. I really feel prefer it’s actually helped me develop as an individual and as an artist. Hopefully the great alternatives hold coming!

I like that. So between recording and writing to enjoying stay reveals, they’re such completely different features of the music venture. What would you say every brings to you?

LØLØ: So I believe with writing, that’s the remedy half the place I’m letting out my emotions and studying about myself. I’m placing every part collectively and placing every part in perspective. The touring half, though it’s so onerous and mentally and bodily exhausting, that’s just like the reward. You do all this work, you write all these songs, and then you definitely get to exit in entrance of individuals and see them sing it again to you. And that’s like essentially the most rewarding factor of all time. Getting to fulfill the followers too, and so they get to inform you like, “you wrote this music about my ex and it helped me get by this”. That’s like, essentially the most rewarding factor. I like to tour, so although it’s so exhausting, like I’d actually do it on daily basis, as a result of it’s so enjoyable.

There’s folks that write on tour, which I don’t perceive. Like, I don’t get how individuals are on tour and writing on the identical time. As a result of after I’m on tour, I’m actually mind useless. I can solely take into consideration touring and it’s humorous as a result of individuals are like, oh, you simply sing at evening. But it surely’s an entire day of getting ready within the venue and organising what outfit I’m gonna put on. After which after I sing, I’m going meet the followers. I simply don’t have the psychological capability for the rest. So each time I’m touring, I’m by no means writing. I normally don’t even get songwriting concepts. I’m identical to, not even in that zone. So after I get again I’ve to zone in on that.

LØLØ 'falling for robots & wishing i was one' © Steph Verschuren
LØLØ ‘falling for robots & wishing i used to be one’ © Steph Verschuren

To wrap up, what do you hope folks will take away from the file?

LØLØ: I simply hope they prefer it. I assume takeaways would simply be that it’s okay in the event you’re falling for a robotic or in the event you’re feeling such as you’re too delicate or emotional. I assume it’s simply taking away that we’re all going by comparable experiences and also you’re not alone in no matter, as a result of I’m feeling it too. And if I’m feeling it, your good friend might be feeling it too and so is your different good friend. Life is full of so many challenges from all completely different sides so that you’re by no means alone.

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