U.K. duo explores retro indie noir on excellent debut EP
London indie duo Lola Wild have captured our attention over the last few months with their unique, retro-inspired sound. They describe their musical output as “the likely product of Beach House hanging out with Tarantino.” We instantly found ourselves fawning over vocalist Sian Barnett’s tones, which come accompanied by stunning production incorporating elements of shoegaze, indie, pop and electronica.
On their debut EP Strange Shapes, we see all sides of the duo’s multifaceted songwriting. The record starts with a lo-fi style track “Howlands Moon,” a piece that sounds as if it’s playing from a far away, broken radio. The previous single from the project “Mirabella” is a slow-burning piece of indie with gorgeous, subtle counter-melodies throughout while the new single “Second Hand Love” has some irresistible guitar licks that form the foundation of the piece. Each track comes accompanied with a unique visual that gives an insight into the duo’s creative vision.
Speaking on the new single, guitarist and songwriter George states:
“I came up with the core of the song just hours after Sian and I first met and discussed putting the band together. We had been sitting outside a pub in Dalston, talking about artists like Billie Holiday, Nick Cave, Angel Olsen and Beach House… and we immediately had a clear vision for the direction the music should take. I came up with the bassline in my head whilst on the bus, before even getting home. I then sent Sian that first demo the next day and we had our first song more or less done by the weekend.”
Give Lola Wild’s Strange Shapes a spin below: