Quick off the heels of her “Lonely Summer” hit, buzzing alt-pop artist Lakookala is back with a more vulnerable track that is sure to relate to many listeners. “The Wrong Places” confronts necessary but tough topics regarding women’s sexuality and how female-identifying people are brought up to look for love outwardly rather than finding it from within. This type of socialization can lead to women being oversexualized and internally unfulfilled, something Lakookala can unfortunately relate to. The catchy yet gritty track provides raw lyrics that put it bluntly: she’s simply been looking for love in all the wrong places. Void of context, we may interpret this to mean that she’s lost in finding her romantic interest…but that interpretation just further proves her point. This is not a result of failed romantic connections but rather, a struggle in practicing self love.
Lakookala’s passion for psychedelic soundscapes pair perfectly with the turbulent internal wrestling match that comes with being a public figure. When out in the public eye, women are pressured to put copious amounts of attention on their physical appearance. But what happens if they just want to be heard? What if we take the physical out of the picture and simply focus on the art? Lakookala brilliantly gives listeners a lot to think about as we still, in 2021, have a tendency to oversexualize women and therefore overlook their talents and contributions.
Blending post-punk inspired bass, infectious vocals, sparse synths and downtempo back-beats, Lakookala embodies an elevated alternative & post-punk style that is modern and bright, angry and heavy, youthful yet soulful. During live shows, she leads her band as both a drummer and vocalist. Also a talented audio engineer, Lakookala has her name behind some of today’s most iconic albums including John Legend’s “Bigger Love”. The multi-talented artist presents a unique and personalized style to the Lakookala project and “The Wrong Places” definitely does not disappoint. Her introspective storytelling delivers a raw, emotional vibe that we’ve needed after an objectively difficult year.