Identical twin sisters from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, LÖNA are a synth pop duo who have just released their ode to women, Deluxe.
By Graeme Smith
Feature Photo by Mirel Masic
The EP opens with Cold Case, a dark, moody track that starts powerfully with spoken word audio describing an assault. It hits heavy right from the off, and you’re left in no doubt as to the message LÖNA are trying to convey with their music. It’s reinforced by haunting vocals that come through strongly against the stripped back instrumentals. As the track progresses, the drama ramps up and there’s a high-octane conclusion.
The energy levels are kept high for track two If I Could Do It Again. Full of regret but with undertones of anger, the lyrics feel authentic during a memorable chorus where the two halves of LÖNA come together perfectly.
Track three is the sisters’ most successful song to date Girl. A celebration of women, its easy to see why it’s proven such a hit. Sultry and uplifting, there is a steady bass groove, electronic highlights and great use of contrast between its slow verses and explosive chorus.
The EP’s final original song is I Should Break Up With You. It has an intimate start that emphasises the vulnerable feeling of the lyrics but as things progress, things become euphoric, with soaring strings and layers of percussion and synth. Put simply, it’s a triumph.
There is still plenty more to come from this EP though, with both a remix and a strings version of Girls. I Should Break Up With You also gets the strings treatment, and there is a final strings arrangement of their track I Never Want To See You Again.
LÖNA cite among their influences Tove Lo, AURORA and Björk and fans of those artists will certainly find a lot to love in this EP release. It’s dark but somehow uplifting. It’s vulnerable but strong and its emotive arrangements will tug at your heartstrings. You can check out the wonderful Deluxe below.