Seek out a better experience, upgrade to a full membership! (Learn more)
 News Pop / Rock 22/01/2019

Bjork Meets Arcade Fire: Line Of Best Fit Premiere Mesmerising New Music From Lailien

Video news

Our news in your mail

* indicates required
News frequency *

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Citing My Bloody Valentine, The Velvet Underground and Taylor Swift as just a few of his influences, Lailien is a Toronto-based songwriter and producer, already working with Manimal Records, (War Paint, Yoko Ono, Bat For Lashes, Moby), whose debut album ENSOULAR is setting new standards for pop music while giving irony a run for its money. Genre-hopping and genre-creating - it is perhaps unsurprising that Lailien's debut LP was written in part during an intense period of experimentation with psychedelics. Listening to the LP sounds something like walking through a fairground where all the rides have sped up and gone flying off the tracks…

Underlying this hyperactive artifice, however, Lailien's music reveals a mature talent for careful, poetic and intelligent song-writing. He is, after all, a University of Toronto graduate who at one point in his life was on his way to becoming a Professor of Literature. Teaming up with Grammy Award Winning co-producer Mark Zubek, the more intimate moments of the album are reminiscent of the likes of Bon Iver and Joanna Newsom, while his experimental pop lyricism sounds something like the Dirty Projectors crossed with the Flaming Lips. The accompanying video for the first release from the album, Blue Love, is just as imaginative as his music - conceptualized by Lailien, shot by Mina A Solimon and directed by Zafir Ahmed of NRWFilms - it stars lead actress and former Miss Universe Canada delegate Chealse Sophia Howell.

"What happens when you love yourself or someone else unconditionally, with all your heart and soul, but you know that suffering will disrupt said love? Exploring the complex interrelationship between life and death, the song and video features principles of eternal reoccurrence, anti-matter spacetime, a multidimensional daemon and mystical psychopomps."

A cultural-omnivore, Lailien sites diverse influences such as Grimes, Animal Collective and James Blake, as well as popstars such as Beyoncé and Lana Del Ray, and academic influences ranging from gender theorist Judith Butler to modernist writer Virginia Woolf. If this all seems a bit too much to take in at once, Lailien would likely say that's the exact point of his music - except he probably wouldn't say it, he'd sing it - in a coded, head-spinning manner.

Follow Lailien

Most read news of the week
The Infamous Stringdusters Announce New Album 'Rise Sun' Due April 5, 2019
Rock Noir Artist Shayfer James Shares Haunting New Single & Music Video "Mercy Down", Off Upcoming EP
James TW Releases New Track/Video For "You & Me" From The Upcoming Album Chapters
This Week's UK Highest New Entry Goes To Sam Smith & Normani's "Dancing With A Stranger"
Members Of Gentlemen Prefer Blood Forms New Project, California Hearse
UK's Breaking Bands Festival 5 - Announce The Final Pieces Slot Into Place With Last 16 Bands
Soulja Boy Demands Ariana Grande Give Him Credits For "7 Rings"
Kenny Carr - Jazz At Kitano & The Bitter End (March)
Ryland James Releases Music Video For New Single "Good To You"
Heard It In A Past Life, Maggie Rogers' Debut Album, Is Out Now!
If Bob Dylan & Richard Ashcroft Made A Record: Mark Mathews Releases 'Fizzy Beasts'
Authority Zero Release New Music Video For "Ah Hell"
Ananya Returns With New Single 'Better'
Latin Country Artist Dianña Follows Up Debut Single With "Rubberneck"
Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell's "What Happens In A Small Town" Video Available Now

© 2001-2019 (S4)
about | advertise | site map
contact | privacy
Page gen. in 0.0278831 secs // 4 () queries in 0.0079941749572754 secs
Members Area
Register or login with just your e-mail address

A validation link will be sent to your e-mail. The link will expire in 15'.

Support (5$/year) We noticed you are using an Ad blocker! Please consider supporting our site. We provide free content for everyone and would love to only be funded by music lovers -> Find out how