As she rides the much deserved glow of putting out an excellent debut, we get to know the gorgeous LOLÉ In Photos.
When I asked Lauren Vietro aka north London singer-songwriter LOLÉ to describe herself in a few sentences she decided on the word “rameny”. Yep, me neither, but it’s a self-conceived amalgamation of her penchant for shimmering harmonies and a big bowl of ramen. Those things doth LOLÉ make.
But, of course, there’s more to Vietro than a (very) decent vocal and a love for noodles. The young R&B songstress hails from north London via Italy, and has just released her debut solo single, the soaring and cathartic ‘Thoughts of Us’. Having previously worked with producers like Après and Joey Mccrilley on dance floor focused collaborations, ‘Thoughts of Us’ sees LOLÉ turn inward and then step forward into the spotlight as she reflects on that all too familiar feeling of clinging to a relationship that you know isn’t right for you.
Her sound has blossomed from a childhood spent dancing around the house to the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Sade, Crystal Waters and Inner City, before growing up and delving independently into a world of George Michael, Ashanti, Pharrell and Lauryn Hill. Fast forward to now, and LOLÉ would consider herself to share a similar space to artists like Sinead Harnett, Kelela, H.E.R and Sabrina Claudio.
‘Thoughts of Us’ glimmers with promise, hazy production and an enveloping bassline providing a foundation for LOLÉ’s fluttering top lines and introspective lyricism. Her single launch party – moved last minute to the intimate confines of the dark club room at Five Miles – proved LOLÉ’s vocal is just as rich and as moving live as it is on record. Owning the space despite some lighting issues (read: melodramatic strobes), LOLÉ sang to a packed and joyful crowd who sang along with gusto despite the fact the single had barely been out a day.
After the gig came the video for ‘Thoughts of Us’, a haunting and technicolour elemental vision directed by Rich Hall of Riff Raff Films and choreographed by Mikey Boats of PDK ENT. Check it below…
As she rides the much deserved glow of putting out an excellent debut, we get to know the gorgeous LOLÉ In Photos. There’s no ramen, surprisingly, but she’s laying on a palette of the dreamiest hues…
Home, it never needs a filter.
La cucina della Nonna.
Pasta making with the homies.
I love going back to my roots, you don’t get to see this every day in LDN.
Water the roots, watch it grow.
I mean, how cute is this back street?
Dopest hotel in Barcelona, call it Praktik.
Current status: Phone off, hugging this.
My happy place.
On set for ‘Thoughts of Us’.
Somehow the only picture I got from my single launch was blurry, I dig that.
After the show, me and a giant keyboard.
The most inspiring place I know…