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Lala Lala Unveils New Single & Video “Color of the Pool” – Taken From New Album ‘I Want The Door To Open’ out October 8th on Hardly Art

August 12, 2021
Photo Credit: Michael Schmelling 


Unveils new single & video “Color of the Pool”
New album ‘I Want The Door To Open’ out October 8th on Hardly Art

UK & European live dates early 2022

Lala Lala, project of Chicago-based musician Lillie West, unveils a new single/video, “Color of the Pool,” from her forthcoming album, ‘I Want The Door To Open’, out October 8th on Hardly Art. In conjunction, she announces a North American tour, in addition to previously announced UK and European dates.

Throughout the album, West is fascinated with the idea of avatars: how we present ourselves to the world versus how other people see us versus who we really are when we’re alone, and how those images can change over time. “How can anyone else know who you are? How can you know who anyone else is,” asks West. It’s a question she poses with “Color of the Pool,” a song about wanting to embody the characteristics of something pure and uncatchable, like a flame, that features stacks of wigged-out saxophone from Adam Schatz (Landlady). In the music video, produced by Weird Life Films, West sits atop a motorcycle and rides through artificial projections of Chicago streets. The flashing fluorescent cityscape envelopes West, before she takes to the highway and disappears into the night’s traffic, eliminating any distinction between simulation and experience. 

Lala Lala has crafted this mammoth creation, built on minimalist tones and textures which carefully sculpt this intricate ambiance and complements the ethereal vocal tones of Lala Lala. When the intensity heightens and all textures collide to provide the ferocious immersive heat. That power is simply striking, carefully chosen to rear its head at these pivotal yet unpredictable moments as the exploration meanders through its promising course. Once again the release focuses on the broad vocal tones and raw lyrics from Lala Lala. The energy of this creation will leave you in awe, hypnotic and engrossing. Lala Lala understands the innovative touch within their visionary world.

Following 2018’s acclaimed ‘The Lamb’, West wanted to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she’d done before; a record that would be less a straightforward documentation of her own personal struggles and more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles. ‘I Want The Door To Open’ is a musical quest undertaken with the knowledge that the titular door may never open; but it is through falling in love with the quest itself that one may find the next closest thing, as expressed with lead single “DIVER”. It’s a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation. 

West co-produced ‘I Want The Door To Open’ with Yoni Wolf of WHY?. It features contributions from Adam Schatz, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, poet Kara JacksonOHMMESen MorimotoChristian Lee HutsonKaina CastilloMeg Duffy, Will Miller, Gia Margaret, Josiah Wolf, and former tourmate Ben Gibbard

Lala Lala will celebrate the release of ‘I Want The Door To Open’ with a string of shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn. Following, she’ll head to Europe and the UK, before bringing back her live show stateside next spring. Tickets for new dates are on sale this Friday, August 13th at 10am local time. 

Lala Lala live dates:
Oct 8 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Unannounced Special Guest & Kara Jackson
Oct 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room w/ Fashion Club
Oct 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Salt Cathedral & Crosslegged

Jan 27 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 28 – Vera – Groningen, Netherlands
Jan 29 – Cactus @ Villa Bota – Brugge, Belgium 
Jan 30 – Botanique (Rotonde) – Brussels, Belgium
Feb 01 – Bumann & SOHN – Köln, Germany
Feb 02 – Kantine am Berghain – Berlin, Germany
Feb 03 – Molotow – Hamburg, Germany
Feb 05 – Oceanen – Göteborg, Sweden
Feb 06 – Internasjonalen – Oslo, Norway
Feb 07 – Hus 7 – Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 08 – Plan B – Malmö, Sweden
Feb 09 – Vega @ Ideal Bar – Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 11 – Underdogs’ – Prague, Czech Republic
Feb 12 – Club Manufaktur – Schorndorf, Germany
Feb 13 – Swamp – Freiburg, Germany
Feb 14 – L’Amalgame – Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Feb 16 – Rote Fabrik – Zürich, Switzerland
Feb 17 – Festival Hors-Pistes – Annecy, FR 
Feb 18 – Aérogare – Metz, France
Feb 19 – l’Aéronef – Lille, France
Feb 20 – The Green Door Store – Brighton, United Kingdom
Feb 21 – Moth Club – London, United Kingdom
Feb 23 – Hyde Park Book Club – Leeds, United Kingdom
Feb 24 – Nice N Sleazy – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 25 – YES – Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 26 – Strange Brew – Bristol, United Kingdom

Feb 28 – La Boule Noire – Paris, France

Mar 12 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Mar 14 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Mar 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wed Mar. 16 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
Mar 18 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile (Second Stage)
Mar 19 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
Mar 20 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Mar 22 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
Mar 25 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Mar 26 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Mar 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Mar 28 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Mar 30 – Austin, TX – The Parish
Mar 31 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulips
Apr 2 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI
Apr 3 – Milwaukee, WI – Colectivo Coffee
Apr 13 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel
Apr 14 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
Apr 15 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Apr 16 – Urbana, IL – Rose Bowl Tavern
Apr 17 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
Apr 19 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
Apr 20 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
Apr 22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
Apr 23 – Woodstock, NY – Colony
Apr 24 @ Washington, DC – Black Cat
Apr 27 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Apr 28 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
Apr 29 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
Apr 30 – Hamtramck, MI – Outer Limits Lounge

‘I Want The Door To Open’ tracklist
1. Lava
2. Color of the Pool
4. Photo Photo feat. Ohmme
5. Prove it
6. Castle Life
7. Bliss Now!
8. Straight & Narrow
9. Beautiful Directions feat. Kara Jackson
10. Plates feat. Ben Gibbard
11. Utopia Planet

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