Release Date: Sep 14, 2018
Record label: Downtown Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
For the native New Yorker, the west may seem as foreign a land as some faraway country. Heading out west for the first time often carries its own mythology: a promise of bucolic transformation and reflection, where the industrial soul of the city dweller might find clarity amongst the badlands. It's a fabled promise that Lola Kirke seems to seek through sound: On her debut full-length Heart Head West, the Manhattan-raised singer/songwriter borrows from the rural vestiges of Americana to trail her own answers on love, loss and longing.
Already known to some for acting roles such as Tracy in Noah Baumbach's Mistress America (2015) and Hailey on Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle (2014-2018), actress Lola Kirke makes her full-length recording debut with 2018's Heart Head West. Focusing on a blend of classic country-rock, dreamy noir-pop, and timeless torch song, the album's hazy reverb seems to cradle Kirke's natural, smoky vocal delivery throughout. Heart Head West was produced by Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (Elvis Perkins in Dearland) and follows through on a sound they established on a self-titled EP two years earlier.