Laura Pergolizzi, the Long Island singer songwriter better known as LP, just gave us a double dose of audio visual bliss by dropping two music videos at once. I was an immediate fan of this striking artist from the very first moment I encountered her voice close to three years ago. I don’t think there’s many artists out there with a comparable sound when it comes to her scratchy emotive delivery and her immaculate range, stretching from deep resonating to lofty spry. Watch LP strum and coo away in the video for sooty chugging Other People above, then watch the video for passionately blazing Tightrope below. LP’s 2016 EP Death Valley is available for purchase from iTunes.
I have looked forward to writing this post for months, MONTHS you guys, even before I started outlining this whole One Week One Band week.
Now that it’s here it’s all I can do not to devolve into a puddle on the floor. A puddle which tries hard to be Profound and talk about the Symbolism and Impact and What This Video Meant For Janelle Monáe as An Artiste. A puddle which really works to dissect Palace of the Dogs, gallows humour, and the way the video hints at the duality of the myth of the crazy creator along paired with a social stigma around real mental illness. A puddle which makes Footloose references punctuated with cool asides about Katherine Hepburn and Meshes of the Afternoon and the symbolism of all those mirrors. A puddle which says smart things about the catchy rhythms, the way this song functions equally poignantly in Metropolis and Aughts celebrity culture and one’s personal life.
But ultimately just a puddle which mostly sits [lies? pools? pudds?] there and emanates squeeeeeeeee sounds.
Because this video was not just one of my first interactions with Monáe’s art, it wasn’t just there at a seminal time in my life [look we can talk about this some time over beers, but as a queer person who was just leaving a social group in which seeing/showing women’s legs was a sin, here was this beautiful woman in menswear just dancing around and LOOK AT HER MOVE and UM WHAT ARE THESE FEELS and I JUST WANT TO THAT COOL SO MUCH and ZOMFGSQYEEEAEEEE] …
I’ve started and restarted this post about 8 times and that’s the furthest I get without that happening.
I’m a professional human who takes pride in being able to engage in fandom and everything that means, while still being able to separate all those feels and be objective in my work. But sometimes you just turn into an aforementioned puddle of squee.
What I’m trying to say is, we all have our Kryptonite, except sometimes that’s a good thing which turns us into squee-puddles, and this video is one of those things.
Watch the video, and if you don’t smile, if you don’t enjoy, if you don’t tap your foot and wish for reverse-saddle shoes and moves like that, then you’re not a human, you’re not an android, you’re not an alien; I don’t know what you are, but check yourself into a research lab, we have discovered a new life form.
Forgive what’s said in fear
And all I ask of you is hear
The girl with the golden heart
I killed from the inside out at dawn
The sun has only just arose
Cannot heal all the hearts that I’ve broke
The boy with the broken heart
His goal is to rip everything apart