“Did you notice what the cold did? Everybody hides."
LIJO kicks off the new year with her hauntingly beautiful third single
Indiepop artist LIJO releases SPELL, an enchanting, icy song that pierces right through the heart. With almost all accompaniment being stripped away, the isolating SPELL instantly transports you to a lonely tundra. SPELL hurts, but in a good way.
After the groovy FUTURE MEMORY and energetic DOG EYES, SPELL is the first heartbreak ballad LIJO puts out, though the term ‘love song’ doesn’t do the track justice. It shows LIJO’s innovativeness in minimalism as well as her trademark poetic approach to lyrics - it promises versatility for her upcoming music. And new music there will be. SPELL is just the start of more to come in 2022.
In previous releases LIJO has already shown literate songwriting and inventive approach to melody, as well as an observing eye fixed on the world around her. 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 storm in a bottle
Put it in the corner
Frost on the window
Crystals in the morning”
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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.