Lala Lala — the Chicago-based project of Lillie West — today shared “Dove,” the third song from her new album The Lamb’ which comes out September 28th on Hardly Art.

“’Dove’ is very plainly about the death of someone I loved a lot and the guilt I had and still have afterwards,” West explains of the plaintive and heartfelt track.

Originally from London, West moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she spent her teenage years, and later to Chicago. She initially started Lala Lala as a way to communicate things that she felt she could never say out loud. But on The Lamb’, her second full-length and debut for Hardly Art, she has found strength in vulnerability. Through bracing hooks and sharp lyrics, the 24-year-old songwriter and guitarist illustrates a nuanced look on her own adulthood — her fraught insecurity, struggles with addiction, and the loss of several people close to her.

“’The Lamb’ was written during a time of intense paranoia after a home invasion, deaths of loved ones and general violence around me and my friends,” says West. “I started to frequently and vividly imagine the end of the world, often becoming too frightened to leave my house. This led me to spend a lot of time examining my relationships and the choices I’d made, often wondering if they were correct and/or kind.”

The album’s final form came together while recording at Rose Raft Studio in rural Illinois. Performed by West with Emily Kempf on bass/backup vocals and Ben Leach on drums, the musical arrangements of the album — blending post punk with dream pop influences that incorporate vibrant synths, a drum machine, and even saxophone — find a balance between light and dark, reinforcing these dynamic and intimate songs that will surely resonate.

Lala Lala kicked off an extensive North American tour on August 8th at Chicago’s House of Vans (where West took over Pitchfork’s Instagram Story), and will continue to play shows through mid-October with Wolf ParadeLVL UPWHY?, and Mothers. News of European dates will follow soon.

The Lamb’ is available for preorder herehttps://www.hardlyart.com/releases/lala_lala/the_lamb

‘The Lamb’ tracklist:
1. Destroyer (Official video | Bandcamp)
2. Spy
3. Water Over Sex (Official video | Bandcamp)
4. I Get Cut
5. Dove (YouTube | Soundcloud | Bandcamp)
6. Dropout
7. The Flu
8. Copycat
9. Scary Movie
10. Moth
11. When You Die
12. See You At Home

Lala Lala live dates:
09/12 – Menasha, WI – Bazaar After Dark
09/19 – Boston, MA – Great Scott %
09/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right %
09/21 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd %
09/22 – Raleigh, NC – Kings %
09/24 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt %
09/25 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight %
09/26 – Nashville, TN – The 5 Spot %
09/28 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (Album Release Show)
10/02 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa %
10/03 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall %
10/04 – Austin, TX – Barracuda %
10/05 – Dallas, TX – Curtain Club %
10/06 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger %
10/08 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace %
10/09 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole %
10/10 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar %
10/11 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room %
10/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Resident %
10/13 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord %
11/01 – Indianapolis, IN – The HiFi #
11/04 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center #^
11/05 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room #
11/06 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #
11/08 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater #
11/09 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
11/10 – Boise, ID – Visual Arts Collective #
11/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s #
11/13 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall #
11/14 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall #
11/21 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room #
11/23 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch #^
11/24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Sprit Hall #^
11/25 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom #
11/27 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace #
11/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
12/03 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry #
12/05 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West #
12/07 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In #
12/08 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies #
# w/ WHY?
% w/ Mothers
^ w/ The Ophelias

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