Louise Lemón follows up her debut album Purge with A Broken Heart is an Open Heart - which takes cues from the 60s and 70s psych-rock and soul era. We spoke to Louise about her latest LP and for reflections on her career so far.
It is about trying to find the light in the dark places. Daring to see that all that has been broken isn’t lost.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what got you into music?
Music has always been very natural for me. I’ve been writing songs since I was five and it is my way of living and dealing with life.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
For this album I was really inspired by Fleetwood Mac and how they combine a raw feeling with a very produced sound.
How would you describe your musical style?
Emotions. I make my songs from my strongest emotions and then I try to make these feeling that I have in my body come alive musically and lyrically. I think it is intense music that in the same time is sensitive and soft.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I would love to make a track with Mark Ronson, I love how he makes really big pop songs feel real.
Tell us about your new album A Broken Heart is an Open Heart. What’s it about, what are its themes?
This album is a continuation of where I left off after Purge which was about going through a cleansing process. It is about trying to find the light in the dark places. Daring to see that all that has been broken isn’t lost.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote this record in Spain and Sweden, I wrote alot of drafts and found where I wanted to take this album in Spain and then I had a very focused way of finishing it in Sweden. Then it was recorded in a really beautiful vintage studio in Copenhagen and then finally mixed in the Figure 8 studio in New York, so the album has travelled alot.
Can you talk us through each song?
The album is very personal and I have written all of the songs about these very intense experiences I’ve gone through. They are about learning, daring to look at a situation very clearly, digging to leave the past behind.
How does ‘A Broken Heart is an Open Heart’ build on your style?
I’d say this album is wider and broader. I’ve dug even deeper in my soul and really tried to write my heart out. Musically I’ve brightened the sound and the soundscape is really different from my last album. Clean guitars and a really open vocal sound makes it brighter and darker in the same time.
What are your hopes for ‘A Broken Heart is an Open Heart’?
I am really proud of this record and I hope it reaches alot of broken open hearts.
What can you tell us about your plans for the rest of 2019?
I am about to head out on my first headline tour this Spring and I am also playing at the great Roadburn Festival in Holland which will be a big milestone for me. I am also already working on new material.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would tell myself that I should try to love myself more.
Listen to ‘A Broken Heart is an Open Heart’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to louiselemonmusic.com.