Lola Kirke released her debut album Heart Head West earlier this year on Downtown Records, and today she follows up the record with two holiday twists on her Cosmic American sound. Paper premiered Lola’s two new Christmas songs — a spirited original called “Cross You Off My List” and “Little Drummer Girl,” a feminine update on the holiday classic.
Lola first started writing “Cross You Off My List” in the 2016 holiday season, following that year’s presidential election. “It was a much more somber sounding song that set out to question how to celebrate Christmas in such a fraught environment,” she says. “While we’re still conflicted about how to invoke the ‘spirit of Christmas’ in today’s political climate, we decided to revise the song-set it to a more a upbeat chord progression and dash it with a bit more hope.” As for the cover, she says, “With ‘Little Drummer Girl’ our intentions were somewhat similar – we wanted to update an old narrative by changing the gender of the character within the song and set the classic to a musical landscape that was both exciting to us and also peaceful.”
Following her sold-out shows in the UK this month, Lola will return to California for three holiday shows in late December. Tickets are available HERE.