Lala Lala is the Chicago-based project of Lillie West. The singer/songwriter recently signed to Hardly Art, which will release her new album The Lamb on September 28th, 2018. Lala Lala recently released the lead single “Destroyer” off the album. She heads out on tour, to promote the LP, starting August 29th in Toronto.
Lillie West on The Lamb:
“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.”
Originally from London, West moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she spent her teenage years, and later to Chicago, where she enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Inspired by those cities’ DIY music communities, she started Lala Lala as an outlet where she could process her new experiences, which often involved toxic relationships and partying around the city with beloved friends. The turbulence in West’s life throughout that period resulted in an abrasive but tender debut album, Sleepyhead (self-released, 2016). West decided to quit drinking, and she began booking her own DIY tours across the country. Sobriety provided her with a newfound sense of self and clarity, and she began writing the songs for The Lamb while also starting the process of re-learning how to live her life.
After testing a handful of the new songs while on the road, The Lamb’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.
Water Over Sex
I Get Cut
When You Die
See You At Home
Lala Lala Tour Dates:
08/29 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
08/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s *
08/31 – Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater #
* w/ LVL UP
# w/ WHY?