“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter whose friends call Ella Joy Meir but who goes by the name of Iris Lune. The title of her debut album due out in June, “lovelosslove” shows in itself how these emotions literally trip into one another: where one ends, the next begins and is evocative of an intensely personal time when Meir lost her mother to cancer after a six year battle.
Lead song “Haven” is a letter written to her sister in the aftermath of their mutual grief – it’s dripping with emotion, and it’s a privilege to hear it, a window into a soul laid bare. Meir also opens her heart to VS with a choice of tune that’s also deeply moving, so we are lucky to have with us today an artiste you should allow into your life in the way she’s invited us to hers – with outstretched arms – welcome to Iris Lune!
Meir co-wrote “lovelosslove” with producer Asher Kurtz, with whom she embarked on the project back in Boston. Meeting up 3 times a week over the space of 4 weeks, together they found their safe place – their haven to push each other sonically and creatively, drawing from a palette from the Middle Eastern folk tradition of Meir’s native Israel and the nearby countries and regions of her youth – be it Egypt, Northern Africa, Russia, Turkey and beyond. “Haven” is “Paranoid Android” era Radiohead as played by Laura Marling among the tumble weeds of a dusty desert track and that is certifiably a good thing.
It may be the first album from Iris Lune, but comes off the back of 3 EPs – Iris Lune (2015), “Lost In Chatter” (2017) and “Stories In Glass” (2019) as Meir has built a burgeoning audience off the back of barnstorming Brooklyn shows alongside the likes of Arthur Moon, Ian Chang, Raisa Was and Bent Knee, and counting herself as part of a greater family of local artists including awesomely named Half Waif, Rubblebucket, Cuddle Magic, Sonnymoon plus Elliot Moss and Kimbra.
It’s a great support network of peers, but who does Meir look up to as a role model? Without further ado, this is Iris Lune’s “song for ewe”…
‘Smoke Signals’ by Phoebe Bridgers:
“I’ve been listening to this song ever since it came out in 2017 and it has been part of the soundtrack of my life for the past couple of years as I went through losing my mother and becoming a mother myself. It has also been a huge inspiration for my upcoming LP, lovelosslove.
One of the things I love most about Bridgers’ writing, is how detailed her songs are, how painfully intricate with ingredients & elements that only she could come up with. In “Smoke Signals” she manages to pull us into her little universe, where we have no choice but to become completely immersed in this foreign – yet very familiar – landscape. Her voice, almost nonchalant at times, leads the way and lights dark corners with its soft and beautifully haunting tone.
The production in “Smoke Signals” is incredible. It’s simple, but extremely evocative and full of underlying layers that come out in different places of the song, enhancing certain lyrics. One of my favorite parts of the track is the last chorus, when it comes in but without her voice, letting the last words of the previous verse echo. It’s heartbreaking and perfect.”
MANY THANKS TO IRIS LUNE AND TO RACHEL ROSSEN AND KYRA WU AT TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS PR
“lovelosslove” by Iris Lune is out in June
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