January 30, 2015

LP: Lady Queen Paradise - voice memo love songs

Fall in love with Lady Queen Paradise.

I am nearly nineteen, I don’t talk much, and I like the simplicity of what I do between when I wake up every morning and when I go to sleep each night. I like quiet and words that are spelled a way that reminds me of quietness. I like swallowing myself in exceptionally long baths with the lights off. I like Joni Mitchell and the quietest of Cat Power songs. All I can cook for my loved ones is pasta. I refuse to let anyone play music too loud anywhere around me in the kitchen, or I’ll be forced to sputter out something like, “You’re putting too much pressure on me!” as I try to slice up my vegetables. Sometimes, driving through the side streets of my hometown, I pull over on the side of the road to write poems in the middle of the night. It’s these times, hunched over my steering wheel with the engine still running, that are about as loud as my life gets.

Rhode Island’s Lady Queen Paradise released an album earlier this month titled voice memo love songs. It's described as what your mouth would feel like after making out with the moon. On their bandcamp, they've tagged it under "pasta", "poems", and "quiet". The reassurance of these little things collided as I listened to the record for the first time, and I was only about thirty seconds into its opening track when I made a decision – voice memo love songs is what will fill the silences between when I wake up every morning and when I go to sleep each night, from now until forever.

voice memo love songs is only nine songs long and manages to let out like a poem that says everything you’ve ever needed to say to the one you love. Each title stands in for a stanza as you skim over them. As the minutes pass, these microscopic love songs all build upon each other to tell a story that illustrate the phases of love. Starting from track one, "we move closer to each other" and closing with track nine, "You grab my wrist and i follow you blindly, we walk through an ocean to an island". These songs are held up against nothing but the sound of Lady Queen Paradise’s voice. They slowly lets their feelings trickle out as acoustic guitar frames their words – ever so effortlessly, and ever so quietly. voice memo love songs is just what I needed to fill the quiet that I surrounded my life with. This record is my memo to remember that it’s okay to absorb the world less loudly than others, as long as it’s with love. It was quite the revelation to get out of a record that pulls up under the twenty minute mark – and if you’re anything like me, aka nearly nineteen, shy, in love, still living with your parents, only eats pasta, I’m sure it will hit home for you too. One listen will fill your heart up to its brim, and I feel safe enough of say that it’s worth letting in – soundly, softly, with love.


Listen to Lady Queen Paradise on bandcamp.

Madalyn Trewin, a scrawny Australian teenager, who is feeding her obsession with dogs, David Lynch and Daniel Johnston twenty-four hours a day. If not that, she's writing about things she likes and saturating her friends in glitter so she can take photos of them to post onto her blog.