Lillie West’s Lala Lala Brings Melancholic Joy To This Ain’t No Picnic Thoughts+Photos: LaLa LaLa at This Ain't No Picnic 8/27/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…This was the first time I’ve been able to catch Lillie West’s LaLa LaLa in concert. I caught wind of LaLa LaLa a few years ago when their song “Fuck With Your Friends”, of their debut album Sleepyhead, somehow popped onto my musical radar. With their tonally dark, and lo-fi, approach to the alt-rock/grunge sound, it was pretty much just what I needed at that point in my life. While that album left an impression, LaLa LaLa must have fallen off my radar as I was quite unaware that they had released their third studio album in 2021.
Prior to catching LaLa LaLa’s performance, I gave that album, I Want The Door To Open, a listen and was thoroughly impressed with how much her sound has evolved since 2016. She’s still got those lilting vocals, but it’s backed up by some very clever musical arrangements and production. There are also a lot of different flavors/facets of her exposed throughout the 12-track album. Yes, there’s still the brooding haze throughout, both lyrically and musically, but there are also hints of optimism lurking under each note.
That optimism was palpable during her set. Perhaps the bright afternoon sun shining down on the stage gave the performance that little extra energy and made fans in the audience lose themselves in dance rather than ponder her “Bliss Now!” lyrics “I bought myself a knife, To cut it all away”. That totally worked for me…”
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