Sisters Nadia Valerie King and Lex Valentine spent nearly 10 years as two-thirds of Toronto’s Magneta Lane, before embarking on something different and decidedly more personal under their LOLAA banner. The sisters hit the studio in 2015 with producer Jon Drew (Fucked Up/Tokyo Police Club), diving head-first into a project that draws on their own cultural experiences and inspiration from discotheque and the 80’s Latin American sounds of Gloria Estefan, Kim Carnes, and others.
Indie88 is pleased to premiere the self-title EP from LOLAA. It’s pop music, with heavy cultural influence stemming from the sister duo’s Mexican heritage. “The thing about Latin Americans is that our culture is so colourful. We are always smiling and laughing, we love to dance, we feel immensely – passion, sadness – we celebrate life. We wanted LOLAA to have these ideas at its core, no matter what shape the songs took,” Valentine explained in a release.
Stream LOLAA’s eponymous EP below.
“We are just so grateful and excited that we get our debut record out there. We really can only hope that someone, somewhere can connect to it. These songs have been about finding light in sadness, loss, change and releasing these sometimes difficult to face feelings in a celebratory way. The songs are very close to our hearts,” Valentine told Indie88.
We hear you, and we’re certainly connecting to this infectiously arranged piece of pop music. Check out LOLAA live at their release show May 25 in Toronto at Adelaide Hall.
Here’s a look at the artwork from LOLAA’s debut EP.