Lune Rose is a pop singer-songwriter from Los Angeles who’s been favorably covered by the likes of When the Horn Blows, Wickedd Childd, The Autumn Roses, and Get Some Magazine. We asked her about her new single “Can’t Be Sure”, her upcoming EP, videography, influences, and more.
COUNTERZINE: How are you today?
Lune Rose: Fantastic! Happy to be chatting with y’all.
CZ: Tell us a little about yourself.
LR: I grew up making music in and around the LA area and I’m about to start my sophomore year at Occidental College studying psychology. Right around last year, a producer friend of mine, Max Allyn, had just relocated to Highland Park. We started writing a bunch of music together and through the process, a sound started to emerge. At that point, he had just formed a recording label, AllsWell Records. I recently partnered up with AllsWell Records and I am planning on releasing an EP in the fall of 2019. At this point we’ve released one track – “Trophy” – which is kind of a weird, reversed remix of a song we wrote but weren’t sure what to do with. Even more recently, we released “Can’t Be Sure”. For this one, I was able to collaborate with my roommate, DJ Dveris, at Occidental and shoot a music video entirely on Super 8 film.
CZ: You recently released your new song “Can’t Be Sure”. Could you tell us a little about the meaning behind it?
LR: “Can’t Be Sure” is about dealing with communicating through texting, face timing, and social media amidst trying to make a long-distance relationship work. With no chance to read someone’s body language, and only hearing their tone of voice over the phone, you’re left with an uneasy feeling. You can’t be sure what’s really happening. “Can’t Be Sure” captures my proneness to overthinking and doubting something that’s already great.
CZ: The song was also accompanied by a music video directed by DJ Dveris, and you had one for “Trophy” as well. Could you tell us a little about these videos? How important do you feel videography is to complementing your music?
LR: We wanted the visuals for “Can’t Be Sure” to match the dreamy and contemplative feeling of the song. Shooting the video in one-take on Super 8 film allowed us to show the viewer a raw representation of the song that lent itself to the reflective nature of the lyrics. I feel that the visual components of music are important in making an impact on how you present your music to others. The videography is an extension of my music and helps me further tell a story.
CZ: What and who would you say are some of your foremost musical influences?
LR: I’ve always had a deep love for sad and moody songwriters, like Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, and Phoebe Bridgers. They’ve inspired me to want to write songs that others can connect to and feel vulnerable with.
CZ: You also played keys in your brother’s band Night Talks. What was it like balancing that with your solo work? How important is it to you to have an artistic project you hold complete agency over?
LR: I used to play with my brother’s band and it was interesting balancing the two since my brother also played with me at the time. I loved being in two completely different spaces where I could enjoy playing music. Night Talks allowed me to step back, quite literally, and stay out of the spotlight where I could support the rest of the band and play music totally different from mine. It also made me appreciate having my own project where I can experiment and create my own sound.
CZ: You have an EP out this Fall on AllsWell Records. How was the process of its creation? What was the mission? What do you hope listeners take away from it?
LR: The EP is actually still in the making! The songs I’m putting out there are coming from an honest and vulnerable place. I’m hoping the listeners are willing to let themselves feel and think with me through my songs. I’m coming into my own as a person and my music is a reflection of that. I want my songs to be able to branch the gaps and let people know we are all going through some of the same shit.
CZ: Where and when might people be able to see Lune Rose live?
LR: Currently, I have a show booked for July 26th in Highland Park. More details to come soon on my socials!
CZ: What was your favorite artist or band that you’ve played a show with so far?
LR: An artist that stood out to me was Fiona Grey. She puts on an incredible and energetic live performance unlike anyone else. It was a bit nerve-wracking playing after her since she is a tough act to follow.
CZ: If there was just one thing you wanted everyone to know about Lune Rose that hasn’t been covered, what would it be?
LR: My favorite way to listen to music is with huge headphones on the cover my entire ears. I always end up falling asleep listening to my music with headphones on and my roommate can attest to that. I recommend listening to my music the same way at 2 A.M. after you’ve stayed up for far too long and the late-night nostalgia has set in.