Lillie West (aka Lala Lala) doesn’t care what you think about her. But few people can make a brush-off sound so brutally earnest. West’s stripped-down guitar, mournful alto and raw lyrics expose new depths of her soul and a wisdom that far surpasses her 24 tender years. Grappling with everything from death to sobriety, Lala Lala’s latest album (2018’s The Lamb) issues a sharp warning to anyone who dares to cross her, while revealing a disarming ability to catch her listeners off guard: “You are the reason my heart broke behind my back,” she sings on “Destroyer,” But I bought a bat to keep me safe at home,” she croons just a couple tracks later.
In a sentence: The frustrating journey of the human experience told through aesthetic sound.