On the Rise: Lolawolf – “Calm Down”

by on November 18, 2014
 

Lolawolf’s debut album, playfully entitled Calm Down, was hailed by many as a genre-indicting shot-in-the-arm.  Noisey cited Calm Down as “the most unpredictable R&B album of the year,” loaded with “late-night songs that riff on the music they grew up hearing and loving on the radio.”  That process – riffing on the past with the knowledge of the present – seems to be the central narrative of Lolawolf, and contributes greatly to Calm Down‘s accomplishments.

Image: Eric Feigenbaum

Image: Eric Feigenbaum

Following a string of opening slots on high-profile tours with Miley Cyrus, Warpaint, and Banks, the band is currently blazing through the UK with Lily Allen.  Championing a sound which never truly makes itself at home in any one classification or genre, Lolawolf is in the unique position of, ultimately, being able to tour and/or generally collaborate with a virtually limitless variety of fellow artists.

Image: facebook.com/lolawolfnyc

Image: facebook.com/lolawolfnyc

The Brooklyn-based band – fronted by Zoe Kravitz with Jimmy Giannopoulos and James Levy of Reputante – recently premiered the new video for the record’s title track via Complex.  “Calm Down” follows in the footsteps of previous single “Jimmy Franco,” both of which take the concept of past/present riffing to exceptional heights.

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