Thursday, September 26, 2013

SWL #39: Lobsana, "Systemic Love"

The best way that I can think of to describe Seattle by way of Tacoma artist Lobsana (aka Anna Moore), is that she sounds like the love child of Beach House and Julia Holter--blending ethereal melodies with simple, measured vocals touched with a delicate quaver. I stumbled across Anna’s work last week during a criminally under-attended show at Atlas Space in Fremont, and kept on listening right though the following day (bless the voice memo feature on my iPhone). Probably the most striking feature of her sound is that it manages to do the impossible for dream pop: it manages to feel otherworldly without feeling despondent. On “Systemic Love”, she fends off the advances of a quixotic would-be lover, singing, “It may seem a dream to have to hold someone always/ but the opposite is true, just doubt and insecurity/ I am not the one you want/ you are better off without me”. The juxtaposition of the lyrical pragmatism with the sheen of sweetness created by the instrumentation impart the piece with a really nice sense of depth. Lobsana’s debut EP is scheduled to be out by the end of the year, but you can listen to her 2 other singles here.

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