American actress and musician Lola Kirke is today thrilled to share her gorgeous new single ‘Monster’ with Australian audiences, accompanied by a stunning video filmed in Tokyo. Having recently signed to Mirror Records Lola Kirke will also be joining Middle Kids on their USA tour this June.
‘Monster’ is a reflection of Kirke’s open and empathetic songwriting; in an interview with Rolling Stone she says “I wrote ‘Monster’ while I was watching someone I love struggle with self-love and care, but in the process of writing it, I realised that I hadn’t exactly mastered the delicate balance of those things either.
So instead of the message being like “I can help you ‘cause I know what you should do,” it became “I’m not sure I can’t help you but I’m like you too.””
‘Monster’ was shot in Tokyo while Kirke was on location shooting her acclaimed Amazon series Mozart In The Jungle, and was directed by Elizabeth Koe, a writer on the show.
At sixteen, Lola Kirke discovered Gram Parsons and the Cosmic American genre he defined. In spite of being a New Yorker by the way of London, Kirke felt a strong connection to his country-rock sound. “For whatever reason, I thought I could resolve all my problems by just becoming him.”
Kirke is no stranger to shape shifting – as an actress with a steadily ascending star, she’s had major roles in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America, as well as the Golden Globe- winning Amazon show Mozart in the Jungle. While less in the fore, her passion for music has stayed constant, with her guitar following her from dressing room to dressing room.
Born to a musical family (her father is Simon Kirke, drummer of Bad Company and Free, and her sister is singer-songwriter Domino Kirke), Lola embarked on her own musical journey with her four-track EP released in 2016.
Tracked live to tape in East Los Angeles and produced by frequent collaborator Wyndham Garnett (Elvis Perkins in Dearland, WYNDHAM) her forthcoming debut LP asserts her as part of the artistic tradition she holds so dear: delivering her own heart, laid bare for someone else to hear as theirs. “It’s a really personal record about basically everything I thought about in 2017 – time, family, loss, social injustice, sex, drinking, longing-essentially everything I’d talk about with a close friend for 40 minutes.”