Start the engine, roll down the windows and drive to the sound of Lena Fayre’s music. The LA based artist’s sound has been described as deconstructed pop - beneath a shiny layer of synth lies a poetic lyricism. The two, it seems, are compatible. Her latest release “This World” has a woozy charm, with a complex amalgamation of pop, folk and blues that’s not unlike Lana Del Rey.
Lena Fayre’s music is perfect for those long summer road trips, which is exactly where she imagines you listening to it. She describes her new EP, Is There Only One as an auto-biographical work with an experimental R&B flavour. Here at METAL, we’re looking forward to hearing Lena’s new sound but what we’re really excited for are the doubtless super cool music videos that will accompany it.
I don’t necessarily want to know. Of course my artistry has a certain foundation, but that’s all in the music. I prefer to speak through that.
Singing was my way of getting attention when I was a child. I liked to sing for my family. I expressed myself by combining singing and make-believe. I remember narrating moments of my life through song; it was almost more cinematic than musical really.
I make songs for driving. Listening to music in the car is a very romantic experience for me.
It was both the most difficult and obvious decision I’ve ever made. I juggled music and academics throughout all of my schooling, but that didn’t seem possible for me to do at a university. I don’t want to half-ass anything.
I’ve enjoyed becoming more selective. Selective in regard to what I want to communicate and the sonic template I focus on. Focus has been vital to me the last few months. My new EP, Is There Only One, has a very specific point of view. I’m telling a story based on my real life, which is something I hadn’t dare do before. I also experimented and incorporated a bit of R&B flavour.
My friend and the producer/co-writer of This World, Dan Heath, created a distinctly cinematic soundscape. At the time, I was disenchanted with my surroundings. I wasn’t getting what I wanted or needed and so the song is largely self-revealing.
I am influenced by everything that came before me. I have idols, but comparison doesn’t interest me.
Well, I can only be honest and be myself. My musical background is very mixed; my style reflects that. I have a lot to say too.
I enjoy the collaborative aspect and working with my friends to make something beautiful. If I could make a video for every song, I would. Visuals are very intertwined with song for me.