THE PLEASURES OF SELF DECEPTION
“After me the flood.”
LIJO MIRRORS THE WEIRDNESS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR IN ‘THE PLEASURES OF SELF DECEPTION’
Eccentric and literate songstress LIJO releases THE PLEASURES OF SELF DECEPTION, a collection of both catchy and poetic avant-pop songs. Taking a step back from the quirky lightheartedness that shimmered through the ‘PARTS’ EP, her new record sets an icy scene for LIJO to casually dance from cynical indifference to gnawing doubt and from distant observance to the longing for connection. The debut album will be out spring 2022.
The record sketches a colder portrayal of LIJO, but is even more compelling as it underlines her creative wit and the non-conformism that has always characterised her music.
Musically, the records leans on groove and innovative melodies as well as droning elements, a combination that makes it both danceable and hypnotising. Connecting her innate love for the warm sound of acoustic instruments and her fascination for the cold directness of electronic drums and synths, THE PLEASURES shows LIJO’s broadest picture and deepest soundscape so far. Thematically, the songs form a collection of analyses of humans in a modern and quickly changing world, almost as if LIJO is a researcher reporting back. Sometimes she watches herself through the eyes of a lover; sometimes she is a greedy oil-eating corporate giant; sometimes she is an emotionless, robot-like observer. Sometimes she is just her. All times she is human and recognisable. She might be far away and elusive the one time, and she might be you the other.
LIJO aims to challenge people to rediscover themselves and re-evaluate their place in the world around them, and to be a voice for diversity and individuality by inspiring to be courageous and explore all versions of yourself. She observes human behaviour both from a distance and up close, taking different perspectives towards herself and the world around her and mirroring this all in her art-pop music.
From the catchy melodies of ‘BEE SUITS' to the feverish trance of ‘LETTING GO’, THE PLEASURES OF SELF DECEPTION is a record in which LIJO never loses sight of the literate songwriting that is one of her most powerful trademarks. She has a critical eye to worldly issues around her, as captured in the chilly and haunting refrain of FUTURE MEMORY: “I’m a future memory, speaking with my mouth full - everybody’s in it, everybody’s winning” and at the same time doesn’t avoid addressing her personal fears and weaknesses, as showed by the intimate song 'SPELL', which is the only obvious love song on the record.
It makes her full length debut bold and compelling.
“Inside I cry like a wolf to the moon
But in these lights, I’m blind and mute
I’m scared, what’s everybody doing?
I want out”
“I bite my tongue and I walk a tightrope high above the city
I look down and the people buy flowers and drinks
I look down and the people wear bee suits and sting
I look down and the people in corners are fading
I look down and the people look down
No one ever looks up”
“I’m a future memory
Speaking with my mouth full
Everybody’s in it