Review: Lola Kirke shows heart on musical transition


NEW ACT: Lola Kirke has brought a cinematic quality to her debut album.

ACTORSreleasingmusicisfraught with danger.

Anyone tortured themselves by listening to David Duchovny and Russell Crowe’s records?

But English-born, New York-raised Lola Kirke has proven she has thesongwriting talent to make, the sometimes,self-indulgenttransition between the performance artson her debut album Heart Head West.

The 27-year-old has music in her genes. Her father Simon Kirke was the drummer in Bad Company and Free, while her older sisterJemima plays Jessa in TV show Girls.

Kirke has herself starredin the filmGone Girland TV showMozart in the Jungle, but one gets the feeling music could propel her to a far greater audience.

Lola Kirke – Sexy SongHer breathy and dreamy vocal delivery lends obvious comparisons toLana Del Ray, but musically Kirke’s nostalgic brand of Americana clings closer to Angel Olsen or Dusty Springfield.

Monster displays Kirke’s pop sensibility, while the rollicking cowboy stomper,Supposed To, shows she’s not afraid to get her New York heels a little dirty.

Sexy Song is driven by pure unapologeticdesire as Kirke asks “won’t you make me scream’,before she concedes “I guess I’ll love me tonight.”

Out Yonder has a whimsical quality that almost explodes with cinematic beauty when the wooden flutes chime in.

The only major misstep is the bizarrespoken-wordtitle track, where Kirke’s voice is computerised as shediscussessnot. It feels out of tune with the album’s tone.

Overall there’s plenty of heart in Lola Kirke. There’smore at play here than another actor with musical visions of grandeur.

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