The songs on Sophia Duccini’s debut EP, Lies We Told were written in a burst, years ago, at a time when Duccini was accustomed to performing tender acoustic music propelled only by the sounds of wood and brass and ivory. However after a period of relative quiet, she began to slowly reinterpret the songs with band-members and collaborators Michael Porter, Jeremy Buller, and Keelan O’Hara, as well as experimental percussionist Sean Lane. The songs took on the character of oscillators and pulses and waves.
“They started as folksy acoustic songs. Michael brought atmosphere to them with electric guitar, Keelan and Jeremy brought rhythm and movement, and Sean’s work added texture.”
Meanwhile, the lyrics remained untouched. Songwriters often throw salt in their wounds or douse experiences in symbolism and allegory in order to translate them into something more lyrically compelling. But despite these songs’ translation through more electronic and intangible mediums, they retained their original directness.
“I’m not the kind of person who writes lyrics by going over them again and again. My goal is that they should be honest and vulnerable expressions of myself.”
In the melancholy retrospective Sand Was Our Base, Duccini sings, “How did we ever build a sturdy hold? / We both had to chase / The lines that we drew around the lies we told.” Her words are sheathed in swirling synths and an undercurrent of fuzzy drum tracks that resemble the rhythmic clickety-clack of a train passing by. “Time was flying and I was trying hard to let you go / But why was I so blind to all the worth you hold?”
Like a sad, gorgeous daydream, Lies We Told shimmers with unabashed, defiant nostalgia, both sonically and lyrically, and the ultimate result is a series of keyboard-driven indie-pop songs that tap into the cathartic, strangely human joy of dancing with one’s own ghosts.
Lies We Told was engineered, mixed, and co-produced by Andy Park (Pedro The Lion, Now Now, Noah Gundersen) at The Hall of Justice. It will be released on month day, year, and will be available on all digital platforms.
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