Through saccharine melodies cooked up in a bedroom studio, Lazygirl draws you into her haze of sentimentality.
If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
Upbeat-meets-melancholy bedroom pop – kind of indie, kind of solemn, but soothing.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
I was initially influenced to start producing my own dreamy, lo-fi stuff when I saw Clairo’s Pretty Girl music video in 2017. Seeing someone about my age making massive waves in the industry from her bedroom was so inspiring, and made me start producing the music that I would listen to myself.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
I really enjoy performing with my guitar, especially my songs which are vocals and guitar only. I wrote Papercut (off my first EP) when I was 16, and I love playing it because I feel like it’s an homage to my younger self; nurturing her and carrying her on somehow. The song is about my struggle with OCD which, after years of treatment, is finally a faded memory. When I’m playing Papercut now, I can show that vulnerability and really mean the lyrics, but it’s like therapy – like being able to go back to 16-year-old me and saying ‘Don’t worry, you survived girl!’
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Definitely a mixture. I write a lot about past and present feelings, especially mental health, relationships or my sexuality, but my new EP is based on a lot of stuff that makes me passionate… or angry. I’ve got a song about rape culture and misogyny and a couple about the various emotions I’ve felt in lockdown – mostly missing my other half and annoyance at the Conservative party!
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
It would be my dream to support Clairo. Her discography has been so influential to me as an artist, so I think it would be the perfect full circle moment.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in?
The Zanzibar. It’s such a sweet venue and everyone there is so lovely – it was the first gig I ever performed in Liverpool, with my Uni band, and the last gig I did before lockdown. I’m so heartbroken it’s had to close its doors because of Covid. It’s been such a special venue to me and countless others in the scene.
Why is music important to you?
It’s so universal. Quite often, people can be really closed off about their feelings, and music is such a unique outlet to express emotions and ideas. It’s been such a huge part of my life, but every year I discover so many layers, artists, types of music and more that I never knew about. Getting older, I’ve learnt to appreciate the politics in music, too, and how it can be used to talk about injustices but also to find community and togetherness, like in queer culture. It’s so vast, you can never scrape the surface in a lifetime. Every day there’s the potential for something new.
Lazygirl’s Orange Roses EP is out on 28th August.