Q&A: Lemolo talks upcoming record, tour

Indie pop musician Lemolo’s bold and honest Swansea will mark the release of her third full-length record on October 11, 2019. Swansea is a dreamy and ambient record full of vulnerability and plenty of synthesizer, bass and electric guitar, and the record is a stunning next step in an already impressive musical career.

Lemolo will play a show in Columbus, Ohio, on October 6 with Noah Gunderson as part of a larger string of shows, and Lemolo will be promoting her upcoming album on this tour. In advance of her Columbus show, Lemolo – AKA Meagan Grandall – talked to Indientry about the record and the tour overall. Check out the interview below.

Photo by Jaquilyn Shumate.

Indientry: Hey, Meagan! How are you? How has tour been going?

Meagan Grandall: Tour has been going really well, and the shows have been fun and very energetic. It’s been lovely to connect with new people and share the stage with Noah Gundersen each night.

What’s your favorite thing to do on tour?

When there’s time, I always enjoy stopping at the small towns along the way on a long drive between shows. I love visiting the little shops and thrift stores and searching for unique things – old postcards, funny souvenirs, vintage clothing, etc. I grew up in a small town myself, and I love experiencing the character of small towns around the country. I also love pulling over on the side of the road and finding beautiful locations to snap some photographs. This tour has been extra fun because I brought a little Polaroid camera with me. It’s always a treat to soak in the natural beauty of all of the different landscapes that we pass through. And of course, playing shows each night is a highlight as well!

What music have you been listening to lately?

I have been really enjoying listening to Ex:Re, the solo recordings of Elena Tonra from Daughter. I can’t get enough of her songs and what she has to say. She’s definitely my biggest musical inspiration at the moment.

Tell me a little bit about your upcoming record, Swansea. What did the recording and production process look like? 

Swansea is my third full-length album, and it will be released on October 11, 2019. It’s been fun because I’ve been playing the new songs from it and selling advance physical copies on tour, so it feels like I’m already celebrating the new release in the best of ways.

I recorded it in close collaboration with Seattle producer Nathan Yaccino (Soundgarden, Noah Gundersen), at his studio called the Ballard Baitshop.

The record focuses on themes of loss and solitude and explores the vast space where we find ourselves when we lose someone. My songs touch on personal experiences such as the loss of love, the ending of friendships, and the loss of a friend due to suicide.

To me, Swansea is a concept of the place where we go when we find ourselves in our own solitude. It’s not necessarily a sad place, but a place where we grow and learn how to find our own strength. I feel really proud of this music and these songs, and think this is my most vulnerable record yet. And working with Nate on it was a dream – he really pushed me to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone, which I’m grateful for.

It’s a stunningly dreamy record. From where do you derive your musical inspiration?

I feel continually inspired by my natural surroundings, particularly water around the Pacific Northwest where I live. I’m from a small town and named my band after Lemolo Shore Drive, the street where I live and grew up. It’s lined with evergreen trees and surrounded by the waters of the Puget Sound and is peaceful and serene. I definitely feel the most creative and content when I am in nature and have the time and space to listen to myself and process my thoughts.

Is there anything else that people ought to know about you or your music?

I am an independent artist and serve as my own record label to share and distribute my music. I appreciate you taking the time to spotlight my music and introduce it to people who maybe wouldn’t have heard it otherwise.

My new album is currently available for pre-order, and then will be available worldwide on all platforms on October 11, 2019, and we’ll be playing a special hometown album release show in Seattle with a string ensemble at St. Mark’s Cathedral on October 12, 2019, along with additional headlining album release shows along the West Coast. You can check out all of my tour dates and pre-order Swansea at lemolomusic.com. Thank you for supporting independent music!

Stream “High Tide,” the first single from the record, below:

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