She's new to me, but then again she hasn't been around for very long. She's so explicit, creepy, and *clear* in her song lyrics that there's absolutely no way I can't fully face those amazingly dark topics she sings about. She seems influenced by horror literature (both quiet and splatterpunk sides), so I like the fact that she lightens the mood of her songs occasionally with references to sex (as horror literature occasional does). For me, her lyrics exceed her music, but sometimes the music approaches the lyrics, so I hope she continues to develop her musical style.
Observatory Mansions is my favorite so far. This song is apparently based on a book of the same name, that I haven't read, by Edward Carey. I would say the song's about death, the futility of maximizing hedons (or collecting things), or something. I especially like the last stanza.
and one day they will knock
the buildings down
like vomit our ghosts
will all spill out
She has four videos on Youtube (one for OM made up of vintage movie clips), but most videos are put up by fans. Some songs, like "Blood Brothers" have positive messages (e.g. about friendship); some songs like "Please Eat" (on anorexia) have social relevance, though it's so blunt it will make you cry.
For me, at least, comparisons to LDR are inevitable. This is simply because I have LDR on my brain so much. However, in this case, in some limited respects, I think there are interesting objective bases for comparison. The most obvious comparison, for me, is to May Jailer. It's the guitar style mainly, but some vocal styling as well, like maybe this could be a parody/homage?
"Smitten with you".
She also has similar sorts of infatuations/kinks as May/Lizzy but this is *way* more explicit (see lyrics in description):
However, unlike LDR, she seems to know how to answer the dreaded "are you a feminist question".http://www.thepulpzi...e-dollanganger/
Her tweet style is oddly humorous and prolific (reminding me of a Grimezsz tweet style a bit), so she does have a sense of humor, even if her songs don't really have any room for it.
Here she refers to "West Coast" in twitter:
At least, "good god" is more ambiguous than say, "good grief". I wonder what she thought of the video. She may have also seen LDR in Toronto, as she has a March 10 tweet that suggests she was going to go to her show (though maybe they just had lunch).
Her tumblr is where she really exceeds LDR by being more extroverted (although LDR may have been more like this before she got famous). She posted a snippet of a Born to Die cover. It starts off weird (or shakey), but it ends up being just beautiful, imo. Wish it were complete.
She also has a list of 100 influential songs or "game changers" (LDR appears twice, for Born to Die and Ride). When an artist does something like this, it's always incredibly interesting to me (and yeah I'm going to check out the people she cites that I don't know).