“Supposed To” by Lola Kirke

Lola Kirke is the star of the films Mistress America and Gone Girl as well as the Amazon series Mozart In The Jungle. She released her first musical recording, a self-titled EP, in 2016. Recently, Kirke announced her debut full-length Heart Head West. Downtown Records will release the album on August 10th. Recorded in Los Angeles, the record is a deeply open account of Kirke’s self-doubt, family matters, social concerns, and personal loves and joys. Along with the announcement, Kirke shared the self-directed for “Supposed To.”

Lola Kirke on the video:

The video for “Supposed To”. The clip is a rollicking look at an aging woman gone wild. “The song ‘Supposed To’ is really about the intense pressure I feel to be what other people think I should be and what I think I should be,” says Kirke. “How rebellious would you feel if you had spent your life just doing things that you felt that you were supposed to do? That society told you to do?”

Born to a musical family (her father is Simon Kirke, drummer of Bad Company and Free, and her sister is singer-songwriter Domino Kirke), Lola embarked on her own musical journey with her four track EP released in 2016.

Tracked live to tape in East Los Angeles and produced by frequent collaborator Wyndham Garnett (Elvis Perkins in Dearland, WYNDHAM) her debut LP Heart Head West, asserts her as part of the artistic tradition she holds so dear: delivering her own heart, laid bare for someone else to hear as theirs. “It’s a really personal record about basically everything I though about in 2017-time, family, loss, social injustice, sex, drinking, longing-essentially everything I’d talk about with a close friend for 40 minutes.”

The opening track, “Monster” delves into themes of self esteem and alienation, a lyrical narrative that reappears through the album. Says Kirke, “I wrote ‘Monster’ while I was watching someone I love struggle with self love and care, but in the process of writing it, I realized that I hadn’t exactly mastered the delicate balance of those things either.”

Her more upbeat second single, “Supposed To,” features searing guitar licks from Lilah Larson (Sons of an Illustrious Father) while attempting to weed through the expectations we create for ourselves and the expectations others have of us.

Lola Kirke
Heart Head West
Downtown Records

1. Monster
2. Born To Die
3. Supposed To
4. Simon Says
5. Turn Away Your Heart
6. Sexy Song
7. Bad News
8. Heart Head West
9. Out Yonder
10. Point Of No Return (Jim Ford cover)

Lola Kirke
Live Dates

7/28: Getty Center – Los Angeles, CA
8/21-23: Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY