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SOUNDS LIKE: Malibu Barbie, after a deck of menthol cigarettes and an Old Fashioned.
FOR FANS OF: Adalita, Dick Diver, Best Coast.
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Sydney-based artist Le Pie welcomes sadness as it settles like dust over her sophomore EP, Sad Girl Theory, due May 26th. Heeding U.S. author Audrey Wollen's feminist writings of the same name, the record frames female sadness as a peaceful yet unwavering protest.
"There's an expectation of women to make other people feel happy or comfortable all the time," Le Pie says. "If you're approached at a bar or on the street you're not allowed to be anything other than appreciative of that attention, even if you don't want it."
Where Le Pie's 2015 debut EP, and he said honey, you look so fine, established her unique blend of dreamy vox and baby-punk edge, Sad Girl Theory revels in its subtle refinement. Amid sardonic smiles, empowered calls to action and startling sorrow, there's a meditative quality to the music.
SHE SAYS: On where Le Pie felt resonances of Sad Girl Theory in her own life: "The experience of being female in the world, that's where it came from. I'm a mother as well, and that's got its own challenges. You feel disconnected when you have a child young. There's a lot of sadness because you don't feel like you're in one community or another. I didn't feel like I belonged in parental groups because they were a lot older than me, but I didn't feel like I belonged in my age group because none of my other friends had kids. It was weird – one foot in each world all the time."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: On "White Walls & Promises", Le Pie moves gracefully between heartache, grief and blame. There's a profound stillness that's both stark and disarming.