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‘I’m not anywhere,’ sings Lo on softly heartbreaking single, ‘Floating.’ It’s a taste of the songwriter’s unbridled honesty, her constant introspection in the face of uncertainty. A voice that soothes and seduces over smooth and subtle instrumentation, Lo blends her indie sensibility with a darker sense of longing; a unique expression of love, lust and fear with a touch of nostalgia so sweet that it’s impossible not to feel everything that Lo has to offer. Words that echo our own thoughts and insecurities, Lo’s music is more than simply relatable. It’s our youth meeting our future, our emo roots intertwining with our fledgling maturity.
Lo is the project of 27 year old Lauren O’Hara, a Western Australian native. After years spent touring, performing and cultivating with grunge pop outfit Flossy, O’Hara felt it time to write and record her forthcoming EP, the aptly titled Plan For An Independent Future. ‘The EP is an attempt to be better, to open up when your head is screaming with fears and insecurity,” says O’Hara, “it touches on self loathing, desire and desperation while painfully trying to remain hopeful.” And it’s that exact parallax that makes Lo unique. Vulnerability intertwined with light - hearted self-deprecation; Lo is charmingly addictive.
Drawing on her obsession with human connection, O’Hara has ‘a desire for both love and loneliness. For me, it’s important to be open to experiencing sadness.”
Plan For An Independent Future comes years in the making. ‘When I started writing I didn’t feel emotionally ready or like, I’d lived enough to be able to talk about things like love and desire and pain because I hadn’t fully experienced them yet,’ says O’Hara, “I didn’t want to write something premature and empty.” It’s that kind of self-awareness that makes Lo so intriguing.
Only having played a number of live shows, Lo has supported the likes of Abbe May (AU), End of Fashion (AU) and Lou Doillon (FR).
Debut single, 'Floating' was quick to grab attention, being added to multiple Spotify Editorial playlists including New Music Friday UK and Fresh Finds, featured on the weekly Sound Selection at RTRFM 92.1 and received air time on both Triple J and Triple J Unearthed Radio.
Plan For An Independent Future is set for release April 2020.