There’s a retro-noir vibe that permeates through the songs of Lola Wild. After releasing their debut single Sand at the start of the year, they have returned again with new song Mirabella, doubling down on the lush arrangements that flow through their work. The song seeps and broods with a simple plaintive gothic motif, dripping in the soothing and pained vocals of singer Sian Barnett, part Billie Holiday, part Beth Gibbons. The music drifts solemnly beneath, a vessel to guide the listener through on gentle lapping waves of mystery. Like Beach House teaming up with Tarantino, Portishead covering Roy Orbison, the sound that the duo, completed by George Godfrey, create is one that conjures up lonesome nightfalls across expansive seas as city lights pierce the distant darkness.
Barnett says of the song that “It’s the awareness that you’re slipping in and out of personalities that can only be described as deleterious to yourself and those who surround you. The result is a love lost, but nevertheless, they’re still clinging on to a memory to reinforce that hope of being happy again. The line “The mood has got a swing, the deeper that I sink inside of the devil” talks of the complications that come with such tempestuous emotions.”
Mirabella is available to download now from Lola Wild’s Bandcamp page.
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.