Lola Kirke knows a thing or two about making a great album. You could say it's in her blood - her father is Simon Kirke, legendary drummer for Free and Bad Company. Her new album, Lady For Sale showcases her unselfconscious, country-twinged vocals alongside a brightly colored candy shop of glam-twang guitar riffs, department store TV commercial synth stylings, and swooping, lilting background vocals.
Lady For Sale channels a high-spirited yet playful indifference that feels invigorating and familiar, decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve come to expect from the genre (and the world in general) in recent years. This is a party you’ll want to attend.
Lola Kirke stands out like a flash of neon magenta in this nostalgic landscape of Americana tin-types. While many of her singer-songwriter peers look further back for inspiration, Kirke’s sweet spot is decidedly in the excess of the '80s. Anyone only familiar with Kirke through her on-screen performances (Mistress America, Gone Girl, Mozart In The Jungle) may be surprised by just how dazzling Lola-playing-Lola can be. Just a few lines into “Better Than Any Drug,“ it’s clear no written role could reveal more of Kirke’s wit, lust for life, and sense of humor than this record captures with the help of producer Austin Jenkins (White Denim, Leon Bridges).