Lola Kirke Announces Debut Album HEART HEAD WEST Out August 10 on Downtown Records
Lola Kirke announced her debut full-length Heart Head West today; Downtown Recordswill release the album on August 10. Recorded in Los Angeles, the record is a deeply open account of Kirke's self-doubt, family matters, social concerns, and personal loves and joys. "The goal of making things for me is to be as intimate as possible with myself,"she says in an interview with Nylon.
Along with the announcement, Kirke shared the upbeat track "Supposed To" with a video she directed herself. The clip is a rollicking look at an aging woman gone wild. "The song 'Supposed To' is really about the intense pressure I feel to be what other people think I should be and what I think I should be," says Kirke. "How rebellious would you feel if you had spent your life just doing things that you felt that you were supposed to do? That society told you to do?"
Kirke is the star of films like Mistress America and Gone Girl as well as Amazon's award-winning series Mozart In The Jungle. She released her first recording, a self-titled EP, in 2016 to praise from outlets like i-D, who described the songs as "dreamy, experimental Americana."
Heart Head West also features the previously released single "Monster," which Rolling Stone premiered and called "full of twangy guitars and Kirke's breathy vocals... a declaration of wanting to fit into the world."
Lola Kirke - Heart Head West
August 10, 2018 - Downtown Records
2. Born To Die
3. Supposed To
4. Simon Says
5. Turn Away Your Heart
6. Sexy Song
7. Bad News
8. Heart Head West
9. Out Yonder
10. Point Of No Return (Jim Ford cover)
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Kirke is no stranger to shape shifting-as an actress with a steadily ascending star, she's had major roles in David Fincher's Gone Girl and Noah Baumbach's Mistress America, as well as the Golden Globe-winning Amazon show Mozart in the Jungle. While less in the fore, her passion for music has stayed constant, with her guitar following her from dressing room to dressing room.
Born to a musical family (her father is Simon Kirke, drummer of Bad Company and Free, and her sister is singer-songwriter Domino Kirke), Lola embarked on her own musical journey with her four track EP released in 2016.
Tracked live to tape in East Los Angeles and produced by frequent collaborator Wyndham Garnett (Elvis Perkins in Dearland, WYNDHAM) her debut LP Heart Head West, asserts her as part of the artistic tradition she holds so dear: delivering her own heart, laid bare for someone else to hear as theirs. "It's a really personal record about basically everything I though about in 2017-time, family, loss, social injustice, sex, drinking, longing-essentially everything I'd talk about with a close friend for 40 minutes."
The opening track, "Monster" delves into themes of self esteem and alienation, a lyrical narrative that reappears through the album. Says Kirke, "I wrote 'Monster' while I was watching someone I love struggle with self love and care, but in the process of writing it, I realized that I hadn't exactly mastered the delicate balance of those things either."
Her more upbeat second single, "Supposed To," features searing guitar licks from Lilah Larson (Sons of an Illustrious Father) while attempting to weed through the expectations we create for ourselves and the expectations others have of us.
Heart Head West will be released summer 2018.
Photo Credit: Wyndham Boylan-Garnett