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Catalog Number: QSR-065
Release Date: May 7th, 2021
Package Format: LP/Digital
Release Type: Full Length
If you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with, what happens with the realization that they're no good for you? When you try to help, try to leave, try and move on, but they won't let you change and won't let you go?
Lipstick Jodi's More Like Me is this raw experience explored and expressed in their national debut album on Quite Scientific. The three-piece outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan's layered and complex synth-pop sound is highlighted by the vocals of lead singer Karli Morehouse, which are alternately haunting, triumphant, sorrowful, and make you want to dance around your bedroom punching the air and singing at the top of your lungs.
"I love the feeling I get when I lose myself in a song that feels like it was made for me, and I like to provide that for the listener.", Morehouse explains, "I hope More Like Me leaves others feeling empowered and validated with each song they hear."
More Like Me thumbs through a journal of self-improvement, self-doubt, self-preservation, and self-celebration with each track an entry on its pages. Some written in a steady hand and some scrawled angrily on the page?music from the deepest valleys, celebrating small victories, right after a big fight, or driving fast yelling out the window on the treacherous road to trying to do better.
"One day I looked around at my surroundings and found that I needed something to change. I'd kind of lost myself when I was 20 and did a lot of things that I was not proud of in order to attain some sort of escapism. Something needed to budge. So following a lot of emotional and boundary growth, the songs we finished center around change; letting go, and moving on. And while I didn't go into writing More Like Me with an idea of 'I'm going to write about xxx.', looking back, in a way, this album is a loud scream to myself and others that I wasn't okay."
Track titles, through this lens, read like words picked off the journal page, Don't Wanna Know, Going Insane, How, Take Me Seriously, and Why Try.
A departure from previous iterations of the band, the new well-honed trio rounded out by band members Andy Fettig and Connor Middlebrook, brings together a whole new sonic styling as cutting and relatable as Morehouse's lyrical subject matter.
"I think it really shows through on the album just how on the same page we all are musically, while still bringing our own things to the table. When More Like Me started coming together, I was honestly floored because I had never written and played with musicians that understood where I was trying to go musically or emotionally to such a degree that my bandmates Andy and Connor do."
On the group's first single, do/SAY, the sonically heavy synth and heartbeat drums propel powerfully sparse lyrics detailing the end of an unhealthy relationship fueled by anger and drunk on freedom.
"I was in a toxic relationship that I felt like I couldn't get out of. All of the blame was all being put on me, but I knew that it takes two. I was being gaslit into thinking that I was the only bad person in the relationship. The tone of do/SAY really shows how angry I was and how I knew that I wasn't insane the entire time."
The accumulation of such stories and experiences presents an album that isn't afraid to show how hard getting better and doing better can be, but celebrates the struggle, heartache, and trauma - embracing it rather than wallowing in it. The power and poetry of More Like Me will resonate with anyone who has looked around them and realized the need for a new path and a new way of doing things. The seemingly impossible task of living a new life when the old one keeps pulling you back and the new one still views you through the lens of what you used to be.