Premiere: Lola Scott paves an exciting lane with Heaven Knows
In what's only her third single, the Sydney-based artist is nurturing an impressive sound.
When a musician is just beginning to grapple releasing music, there's often a bit of lee-way until they start releasing music that feels like a realised vision. Sometimes, it never happens at all - commercial artists are occasionally left trailing trends and half-assing sounds in order to find a thin slice of viral success - but occasionally, there's an artist who presents themselves with a completely realised project just a handful of songs into their careers, and Lola Scott is one of those artists.
With only two songs under her belt (2018's Hush, and this year's Warzone of the Suburbs), it's become clear that the Sydney musician is navigating this lane defined by acts like Maggie Rogers and King Princess, exploring this intersection between synth-driven musical backings and bright, hook-centred top-lines. It's an exciting combination that has allowed many artists to flourish and become international successes, with equal-parts accessibility and indie-ness (for a lack of better word) proving desirable for a broad audience; like Maggie Rogers, who's both a critical and commercial darling, as adored by the commercial radio world as she is the indie.
On Lola's latest single Heaven Knows, this sound is morphed into an anti-love letter of sorts, with thick rhythms and bright melodies meeting vocals rich with fragility and subtlety, balancing that fine line between something accessible and something personal and vulnerable. "It’s about how when you feel yourself falling out of love you start to imagine what it could be like being with someone else, but no one else would know those thoughts," she says on the track, which arrives ahead of a show supporting Sloan Peterson at Oxford Art Factory on August 10th. "Living in that lie until you feel like it’s too late to say how you really feel, not to say it was all a lie; it just grew into a different type of love." Dive into the single below, and keep an eye on Lola Scott as she continues to blossom into an artist-to-watch throughout the second half of 2019.
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