Indie pop artist LIJO releases ‘Bee Suits,’ her first new song in almost a year.
With Bee Suits, LIJO explores the themes of identity and validation in a song that shifts from sounding eerie and held back to lighthearted and open. Capturing these reoccurring topics in a track more poppy than she has released so far, LIJO shows once more how her music is genre fluid; although she never loses sight of her signature innovative melodies and her literate, colourful approach to lyrics.
And that’s exactly how she wants it to be. Zooming in on her previous releases, almost all of them touch the same subject of image one way or the other; musically, however, LIJO has wandered from gnarling beats and synths (‘I Want Out’) to close to a cappella vocal harmonies (‘Spell’) and everything in between.
Being defined, by herself or by others, confuses her, she says – and that is the reason for the gap in new releases. “To think about yourself like that – constantly defining and redefining, catching in words a momentary state and then trying to live up to that description, because that is the summary I worked so hard to find so that is what I gotta stick to now – that is what numbed me. And I had to take some time to let go of all of it to be able to pick up again.”