Mon, 03 Nov 2014 08:15:29
Zoe Kravitz Videos
LOLAWOLF sharpen up alternative, R&B, and pop with their explosive new album Calm Down [iTunes link]. It's an elegant and eloquent amalgam of genres that punches then purrs. The trio makes some of the most enigmatic, entrancing, and exciting music you'll hear all year. In fact, there's nothing calming about it. Quite the opposite actually, it'll amp you up…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Zoe and Jimmy of LOLAWOLF talk the album and so much more.
Calm Down flows really well from start to finish. Did you approach it with one particular vision or vibe in mind for the whole album?
Not necessarily, each individual track has its own foundation and comes from a different place then the next. Since the music ultimately is born from a genuine place that's "us", we can stretch far in any direction and still find cohesiveness.
The songs also feel visual. Is it important for you to conjure imagery and tell stories lyrically?
It's not important, but it seems to flow that way. Everyone in the band is quite visual in their own respect as artists—whether it's painting, acting, photography, storytelling etc... It's interesting these days. Tools like Instagram—or simply having an iPhone—make more of a visual culture. Using these sorts of "future gadgets" and apps in more of an artistic way by connecting words or music to visuals got us stuck in that gear whether we know it or not, and that's a good thing.
What artists do all of you bond over as far as influences go?
There's a lot. OutKast, A Tribe Called Quest…We are all kind of digging the new Flying Lotus record at the moment. Also, there's Timbaland, Aaliyah, A$AP Rocky, TLC, and Missy Elliott.
What's the story behind "Skipping Days"? That was a stand out!
That song was recorded at the Palms in a hotel room in Vegas. We were channeling more 90's R&B.
"Take A Hint" is a really potent ending. Where did that song come from and what does it mean to you?
It's pretty self-explanatory I think—that moment when you realize you are giving more than you are getting in a relationship, and it's time to "take the hint" and "give it up".
If this album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be? What's the cinematic equivalent of Calm Down?
I want to say something like Reality Bites or Gleaming the Cube, but that wouldn't work. Maybe it would be Pulp Fiction and Friday.
What's next for you?
Have you heard LOLAWOLF?