“After me the flood.”
LIJO announces new music, shares first release FUTURE MEMORY
Artpop artist LIJO releases FUTURE MEMORY, due out on October 22 through Revanche Records. Having worked on new material for over two years, synthpop song FUTURE MEMORY marks the start of a new chapter of releases by LIJO.
FUTURE MEMORY shines a cynical light on the effects of vanity, selfishness and the unstoppable hunger for growth - but based on such an energetic groove that despite the urgency of the message, we are most likely going to dance to its beat.
The song will not stand by itself: fascinated by the endless weirdness of human behaviour and mirroring this in music, LIJO is far from done and will share more of her work over the course of the following months.
In LIJO’s eyes, everything seems like a show: on a small scale, we all are the main characters of our own little stages, and on a bigger one we act like we are the main character in this world. LIJO addresses this and its consequences, but then decorates it with a sense of lightheartedness and danceability, innovative melodies and feverish sounds. Because as she puts it, all we can and should do is add beauty to a world that needs it.
“I’m a future memory
Speaking with my mouth full
Everybody’s in it
Artpop artist LIJO doesn’t make superficial music, but creates songs that get people thinking as well as dancing and singing along.
Being from a small village, LIJO grew up to be a self-taught pianist and songwriter with little knowledge of popmusic, which laid the foundation for her quirky sense of melody and lyrics and her genre-bending writing style. Having been the driving force behind cinematic folkpop band ILEN MER, launching her solo project under the moniker LIJO marked the start of her exploration of electronic elements in her music. Opening her ears to artists like St Vincent and Roísin Murphy as well as Depeche Mode and Kate Bush, her music, still hard to put in a box, was soon labeled AVANT POP or ARTPOP.
After her Debut EP 'PARTS' she traveled to England, Germany, Poland and Sweden to play shows. Her untameable curiosity and urge to keep renewing herself are reflected in a live performance that’s always in motion. LIJO plays with synths, beats and loops in her electronic set and is intrigued by working with guest musicians, which resulted in a collaboration with electronic cellist Mirthe de Jonge, though her songs are just as convincing stripped down to the naked core with only a piano and her characteristic vocals.