Hailed by FBi Music Director, Amelia Jenner and Purple Sneakers as Artist to watch in 2019,Sydney-based singer-songwriter and producer Lupa J has spent the last six months carefully unveiling pieces of her upcoming debut album, Swallow Me Whole.
Her latest reveal of the forthcoming album comes in the form of its third single, The Crash, out today and has already received features in Spotify’s New Music Friday, New Pop Sounds, Pop Edge and Indie Arrivals. The core emotions behind Lupa J‘s debut are on full display with this release as she sonically evokes a sense of urgency and destructiveness, harnessing elements of both the upbeat pop and dark experimental electronica that coalesce to make up her album. The Crash will be supported by her most outstanding video yet out next Friday, March 29.
“I wrote The Crash just over a year ago now, at a time when the album’s themes were really starting to crystallise for me. Much of Swallow Me Whole is about a previously untapped queer desire demanding to be felt; presenting itself as an escapist fantasy from a failing long term straight relationship. This track is about how that left me at a standstill – longing for something really significant or destructive to happen, so that my situation would be forced to change because I couldn’t do it myself.”
Delicate and vulnerable yet driven with intention in her delivery, The Crash offers listeners a glance into the internal conflict experienced by the artist as she attempts to break out of her former circumstances and explore her innate desires.
PRAISE FOR LUPA J
‘Drift’ “It’s got that sickly sweet melancholic feeling, the one that simultaneously makes you feel empowered but also makes you feel like crying. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion 2019 is going to be a big year for Lupa J.” – Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio (AU)
“Each release has seen Lupa J grapple with the way she’s feeling about herself and the world around her, and by translating these feelings with such ease into a medium that she’s both comfortable and excitingly in tune with, the project makes for some of the most authentic pop music being created right now.” – Purple Sneakers (AU)
‘Drift’ – “It builds and blossoms with every listen – it’s experimental, emotive and so danceable. Lupa’s transformed just enough here and it’s sure to pull in some new fans.” – Declan Byrne, triple j (AU)
‘Drift’ – ” A real aura of confidence, of wilful and proud individuality that happily shares the spotlight with a groundedness in love and humanity.” – AnalogueTrash (U.K.)
‘Drift’ – “Drift once again demonstrates Lupa J as an ever evolving, experimental artist and I can’t be more excited about what the future and this debut album holds.” – Good Intent (AU)
Lupa J’sdebut album, Swallow Me Whole is due to drop later this year. The Crash is out now.
LUPA J – TOUR DATES SAT 30 MAR – COMMUNE, OUR HOOD: Take It Back | Tickets here WEDS 03 APR – NSW Art Gallery, NSW | Free entry THUR 04 APR – Ted X Youth, Seymour Centre, NSW | Tickets here THUR 30 MAY – VIVID: WOMAN IN MUSIC, Ziggy’s Barber Salon, NSW | Tickets here