Is there really any better way to spend a beautiful, early Spring evening than succumbing to the soothing ambiance of Sun June and Lolita Lynne surrounded by the wonderful folks at Cheer Up Charlies? Yeah…No! We didn’t think so. Take a stroll through our site and you’ll notice very quickly how much we enjoy coolin’ out with Ms. Lynne. We’ll take up just about any chance we can get to cover the Fool’s Moon singer-songwriter…especially at CUC. Backed by a pint-sized orchestra, Lynne’s dreamy, psychedelic beach pop is absolutely captivating and the perfect Spring introduction to the warm and sunny weathers ahead.
Sun June is an extremely promising ‘Young’ band led by singer Laura Colwell (Moving Panoramas) that’s gaining a lot of momentum following their official and unofficial debut during SXSW 2018. The emotively cool, ‘regret pop’ outfit premiered their first video, aptly titled ‘Young’, last month and their highly anticipated debut album is slated for release in June with an accompanying US tour. You’ll have a few more chances to catch this alluring pop band before they blow up and take to the road this Summer. We’d advise you get in early on Sun June so you can say, “I was there when…”
Check out a few highlights below of Sun June and Lolita Lynne at Cheer Up Charlies
The dreamy, psychedelic beach tides began to roll in as a Fool’s Moon rose over Cheer Up Charlies Wednesday night. Fresh off the release of her latest album, velvety-voiced, cult-pop singer-songwriter, Lolita Lynne headlined an evening of spellbinding performances from several of Austin’s leading ladies at the Red River favorite.
Still reeling from the disappointment of missing the Fool’s Moon album release last month, I was eager to catch a Lolita show and couldn’t think of a better venue than Cheer Up Charlies. And Lolita immediately soothed my misfortune with a memorizing performance complete with backing violin, trumpet and standup bass. She set the pace early with a relaxing guitar intro that led into ambient harmonies with violinist Alyssa Grace. Lolita played a couple of hits from Fool’s Moon including “I Want” and “Human” as well as a fan-favorite about astro projection. The most captivating moment came from hearing Lolita melodic cantillate “Lighting in my soul / Frighting and I know” over a very personal track before she closed with a silky guitar solo.
Preceding Lolita was Calliope Musicals’ rambunctious and pleasantly comical frontwoman, Carrie Fussell. The vivacious singer began the evening with a subtle down-beat twist on her usual party folk persona and threw in an added splash of nu-disco and looping vocals. She debuted a stripped-down, yet eccentric, new joint that was recently commandeered by Calliope Musicals for their next album and tossed in a John Dee Graham cover for good measure before signing off with a special dedication to her “Cat of the Year”, Crackers. Fussell’s performance was far more tame and intimate than the outlandish, celebratory flare we’ve grown to expect from a Calliope product but still possessed those humongous vocals we’ve fallen in love with.
The aforementioned, neo-soul artist Alyssa Grace was next to put her stamp on Cheer Ups with her hypnotic stage presence and luscious R&B-esque vocals. Grace was backed by a fantastic, one-man brass section that peppered her performance with smooth sax solos on “Little By Little” and a funky flute solo during “People”. You heard that right. A flute solo. Grace even debuted a new song “Heartache” while receiving a hailstorm of support on percussion from Michael Longoria before Grace joined Lolita on stage. The entire evening, from start to finish, was constructed around soothing, eargasmic melodies.
Check out the photo gallery below captured by Valerie Riels @photo.atx.
Lolita Lynne creates a totally chilled out, daydream soundtrack during her latest EP, Fool’s Moon. Her simplistic approach to making genuine, heartfelt music is humbling and a pure pleasure to wind down with.
With a distinctive twist on 60’s style psychedelic pop, the homemade vibes evoked through her earthy vocals give the hint of a subtle indie feel, creating a sound authentically modern.
Lolita’s track “Enslaved“, featuring Yvonne Lambert, is utterly funky, cheeky and screams sunshine vibes. Just like her tracks “Fool’s Moon” and “I Won’t“, the songs are truly jazzed up, sounding just like something you’d hear in a coffee shop or a luxury hotel lounge. It’s a sign the music is all about relaxation. The instrumentals are simplistic and consistent, but intertwined with her effortlessly soft vocals it’s dreamy. When her deep and cryptic lyrics are combined with distorted strings during “Human“, lines like “please forgive me I’m not worthy” become hair raising.
Through a combination of jazzy toe tapping tunes and enchanting lyrics, Lolita reveals her story and lets her personality flow through Fool’s Moon. The soothing purity of her sound is impeccably engaging creating the perfect laze soundtrack for the end of the day.