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October 30, 2016

Sometimes, the songs know before the songwriter does. That was certainly the case with LP's newest release, 'Death Valley,' a heartrending collection mined from the deepest reaches of her subconscious. Without fully realizing it at the time, the New York native was grappling with the fallout from a crumbling relationship in her music, putting together the pieces and learning to navigate a trying time of loss and struggle before she'd actually even embarked on the journey. 

"I was feeling uneasy, like I knew that something was wrong," reflects LP, who now calls LA home. "I got a lot of material out of that ominous, foreboding feeling I had."

"I did this record much like I did the last record, except this time around, we just fine- tuned and sculpted what was already there in the demos rather than starting from scratch and re-recording everything," she explains. "I work with such amazing people that the level of talent is so high from the get-go, and I didn't want to lose that initial burst of what makes the songs special or risk overproducing them. We built off of the palpable energy and the initial thrust of the tracks instead of ripping them apart and examining them so hard that they lost their spontaneity."

It's a formula that pays off in spades on 'Death Valley,' which finds LP teaming up with her longtime collaborators Mike Del Rio of POWERS, who produced most of the tracks, and Nate Campany, who co-wrote several songs. In the infectious, atmospheric "Lost On You," LP alternates between an understated verse and a soaring chorus, belting out, "Let's raise a glass or two / To all the things I've lost on you" in a poignant moment of self reflection.

"My natural propensity is toward being an upbeat person and writing in an inclusive, 'we're all in this together' kind of way," she explains. "I like the idea of music uniting people and galvanizing them. That song just kind of wrote itself in that way." 

Perhaps that’s the humility speaking (LP is, after all, a remarkably hard worker, constantly bouncing between her own breakout career as an artist and the cadre of stars who count on her inimitable perspective as a writer), but the idea that songs can write themselves is central to 'Death Valley.' This was music that poured out of her before she knew what it was about, before she lived through the heartbreak and pain and ultimate redemption that inspired it. The songs on 'Death Valley' may have known what was coming before LP did, but you don't need to be clairvoyant to see the future awaiting an artist this charismatic and gifted.