CS: In “Lick in Heaven” you explore the ideas of anger and frustration through a glossy and ethereal synth-pop soundscape. You’ve said that this track “takes aim at what the culture expects from women”. It’s inspiring to see you using your music as a tool for such an essential discussion. A forward-thinker by nature, what changes would you like to see within the industry?
JL: I think the bigger issue is misogyny in a broader social context. We see that a lot of society’s rage is taken out on women (the worldwide increase in domestic violence perpetrated by men against their partners in quarantine is one example) and until those numbers change I don’t think changes in the music industry will be representative of real progress. I don’t mean to sound dismissive of efforts to shift the power dynamic of the industry because I think that’s important too, but I think the most important and meaningful work starts closer to home.
CS: The aesthetic of your music bursts with vibrancy which is translated into your music videos which transport us into a dream-like, almost psychedelic world, particularly in “Face”. What were your inspirations for this video?
JL: Thank you so much. Our main inspiration was the house we’re staying at right now. Director Winston Case and I thought it would be fun to focus on the daily activities of our life at home and bring those mundane activities to life in the video for Face. We had a lot of fun doing light design around the BBQ, the tea kettle and the couch.
CS: Your music seems to me to be a unique and quirky blend of electropop, synth-pop, techno and R&B. Who would you say are your biggest influences?
JL: I’ve always loved listening to the radio and I think my love for pop music started there. I am a sucker for a hook or a catchy chorus regardless of the genre. I’ve always loved R&B music the most though – Janet Jackson was my first pop obsession and I think in a way she’ll always be my biggest influence.