Lola Kirke is a Little it Country, a Little Bit Rock and Roll—and a Whole Lot of What it Means to be Human
Lola Kirke’s name may sound familiar to you. She’s an actress who’s had major roles in projects like David Fincher’s Gone Girl and the Golden Globe-winning Amazon show Mozart in the Jungle. But Kirke also has music running through her veins (her father is Simon Kirke, drummer of Bad Company and Free, and her sister is singer-songwriter Domino Kirke). After releasing a four-song EP in 2016, Kirke worked with Wyndham Garnett and released her debut LP Heart Head West on August 10 via Downtown Records.
Kirke’s rich, breathy voice infuses her introspective lyrics with a wistfulness that is just as heartbreaking as it is hopeful. Universal themes like self-worth, longing, and loss run through the extremely personal album. Of opening track “Monster,” Kirke says “I wrote [it] while I was watching someone I love struggle with self love and care, but in the process of writing it, I realized that I hadn’t exactly mastered the delicate balance of those things either.” The melodies that flesh out heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics like “There’s nothing near / I feel close to / All that I fear could fill this whole room” weave back and forth between country, folk, and indie-rock. Heart Head West is the perfect soundtrack for driving out to Joshua Tree, wind in your hair and nostalgia in your heart.
Kirke recently released two Christmas songs— the original “Cross You Off My List,” a song she told PAPER Magazine “set out to question how to celebrate Christmas in such a fraught environment,” and the gender-flipped cover “Little Drummer Girl”.
Lola Kirke will be heading out on tour with Alex Cameron in February and March next year. Check out the dates below:
2/14: Doug Fir – Portland, OR
2/15: Wise Hall – Vancouver, BC
2/16: Barboza – Seattle, WA
2/20: Lost Lake – Denver, CO
2/21: Slowdown – Omaha, NE
2/22: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
2/23: High Noon – Madison, WI
2/24: Thalia in the Round – Chicago, IL
2/26: Horseshoe – Toronto, ON
2/27: Theater Fairmount – Montreal, QB
3/01: The Bell House – New York, NY
3/02: Great Scott – Boston, MA