Off the 405:
DJ set by Harmony Tividad of Girlpool
July 27, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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Lala Lala is led by British-born singer-songwriter Lillie West, who moved to Los Angeles as a teen and later enrolled in the School of Art Institute of Chicago, gaining inspiration from the DIY music communities of both cities. The band's perfectly simple indie rock blends post-punk with dream pop influences and incorporates vibrant synths and churning guitars that strike a balance between light and dark. These dynamic and intimate songs become a framework for West to explore inner complexities with a startling honesty that is both raw and angsty, as well as empowering and relatable. Written while grieving the death of a friend, recovering from a home invasion, and finding sobriety, West's second full-length album The Lamb strikes a tone that Pitchfork describes as "both intimate and galactic, like a handwritten letter read aloud from a space shuttle." Released last year by Hardly Art, Sup Pop's sister label for propelling undiscovered bands, Lala Lala joins the ranks of breakouts La Luz, Tacocat, Shannon and the Clams, and Chastity Belt. Lala Lala lands at the Getty after hitting the road with Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, opening for their acclaimed collaborative project Better Oblivion Community Center, as well as dates with indie-titans Death Cab for Cutie.