the insiders: the shoe
jena malone and lem jay ignacio tell us all about their new album.
Alongside Lem Jay Ignacio, the pair craft indie pop so floaty and delicate and gorgeous, you can practically close your eyes and drift away. Case in point: their new single "Paper Cup" (which you can get here free), as well as their music video for "Dead Rabbit Hopes," which dropped last week.
Get ready for even more awesomeness when the group's album I'm Okay drops in June--but because we really can't wait, we got the lowdown from Malone and Ignacio about everything from performing in treehouses to recording naked. Read on....
You guys have been playing music together for a while now. Why was this a good time to record the album?
How did the recording process work?
JM- Well, we looked through a bunch of jams and then we wrote some new ones, as well. We started in July with a couple of songs already, so it only took us a few months. For this album I really wanted to strip it down and make songs that speak in my own voice and tell more intimate stories. There were even moments in this album when we were recording vocals, I recorded them naked--not for any reason except for the fact that it helped me find this place of vulnerability and having nothing to hide behind.
Will you go on tour?
JM- I really want to poll our fanbase and see where they want us to perform, whether it's in their mother's living room or an abandoned water tower, or a fort we built in a forest. We used to curate all the shows, so I'm excited to allow the fans to dictate it.
Where's the best place to listen to The Shoe?
Tell us the story behind your video for "Dead Rabbit Hopes."
Watch "Dead Rabbit Hopes" below and find out more about The Shoe here.