Rebecca Lappa uncovers a dark desire on “Lolita”


The temperature has warmed a little since we last heard from indie pop artist Rebecca Lappa, but there is still a chill in the air. In February, she released the blizzard-inducing “Blue Lips,” comparing the full effects of winter to that of a “friends with benefits” relationship. It was a chilly listen made all the more icy through the metaphors and the imagery found in the lyrics. In the end, we felt the emotional turmoil that can come from such a conflicting situation, and on “Lolita,” Rebecca unravels yet another stormy narrative.

For Rebecca’s latest single, “Lolita,” she uncovers the intricacies of a dark desire. Over an edgy production that leans towards the indie rock realm, Rebecca recounts the tension that arises between the two main characters in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. She portrays that sensation through anxious guitar and drums while melodically giving us lines like, “Your hands / Her clothes / Moonlight / No one else knows” and “Graceful as a butterfly / Her pointed lips are dynamite.” You can check it out below.

Telling us more about “Lolita,” Rebecca explains,

“The song touches on the two main characters in the book, alluding to the forbidden nature of the relationship between an older man and a much younger woman and the frenetic dynamic between the two. The muted guitars fill the track with urgency, and the heartbeat of the kick drum lends commentary on the perceived sexuality and innocence of young women as interpreted by male audiences, while the careful layering of synth and harmonies leads to an anthemic chorus.”

“Lolita” is the second single from Rebecca’s upcoming EP, Tales of a Taurus, due out in May. For now, you can listen to “Lolita” on platforms like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music.

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Christine Sloman
Christine Sloman
Writer for Melodic Mag since 2018. Music lover since always.

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