LOLO, a Tennessee native whose soulful voice brings to mind a version of Janis Joplin raised on TLC, is releasing her debut album ‘In Loving Memory of When I Gave A Sh*t,’ on 9/9 (Crush / Atlantic). The record is LOLO’s unapologetic declaration of self-acceptance, packed with fierce, DGAF pop songs.
From the moment she launches into the acid-tongued “Heard It From A Friend,” LOLO’s crackling voice is undeniable. As a songwriter she’s startlingly versatile, whether she’s crooning atop pensive trip-hop piano before erupting into the barnburning chorus (“The Devil’s Gone To Dinner”) or playing it coy on the Tinder-disparaging, ’60s pop cribbing “No Time For Lonely.” And on “Not Gonna Let You Walk Away” a wounded and confrontational search for closure, LOLO’s tender vocal turn is shiver-inducing.
LOLO has already accrued some serious bonafides. While playing coffeehouse gigs to pursue her songwriting career, she was cast in the original Broadway production of ‘Spring Awakening’ as the bohemian rebel Ilse, and just last year she comprised the “terrific country score” (NY Times) for ‘Songbird,’ an acclaimed off-Broadway adaptation of Checkhov. She also contributed songs to Panic! At The Disco’s hit #1 album ‘Death Of A Bachelor,’ from earlier this year. LOLO splits time between Los Angeles, New York and her hometown on the outskirts of Memphis, TN.
LOLO will bring songs from ‘In Loving Memory Of When I Gave A Sh*t’ to the Standard High Line’s famed Top of the Standard during Sunset Hours.
1. Heard It From A Friend
2. The Devil’s Gone To Dinner
4. The Courtyard
5. Not Gonna Let You Walk Away
6. No Time For Lonely
7. I Don’t Wanna Have To Lie
9. Relatively Well Dressed
10. Jackson City