This Friday, actress and songwriter Lola Kirke will be releasing her latest collection of songs, Lady for Sale, via Third Man Records. This sophomore collection of songs reads like a playful, more C&W-inspired take on her prior output—all of which seeming to provide Kirke with a much-needed respite from the pressures associated with her career in the world of film and TV.
“My band rolled up to the Sunset Tower late Saturday after a gig in Anaheim,” she recalls of recording her “Neighborhoods” session, which sees her and her band parked on a balcony on LA’s Sunset Strip. “It was the night before the Oscars, and I think we looked more than a touch out of place piling out of a rickety 12-passenger van and then factory lining gear through the entrance. While most people were dressed to the nines, I was clad in a dress I’d bought at a gas station earlier for lack of clean clothes, with my guitar in an ever-nerdy soft case on my back.”
For the session, Kirke’s vocals and acoustic guitar are backed by percussion and pedal steel as she performs “Pink Lady” and “Broken Families,” both cuts from the forthcoming record. “Being a performer is an inherently humbling (and sometimes humiliating) task,” she adds, “and being both an actress and a musician has certainly highlighted that reality. I always seem to belong more in the place I’m not. At least that’s what I tell myself. It’s an odd safety net. But getting to put a pedal steel on the balcony of this legendary hotel on the iconic Sunset Strip felt like a strange reclamation. It was one of my favorite LA moments ever.”
Watch it below.