Lauren Marie and Ike Kawaguchi are the duo that comprise LA’s latest synth dark pop band, Lolahiko. The two met in 2015 whilst working on solo careers and quickly collaborated, forming Lolahiko. Releasing their debut EP, “The Year We Died but Stayed Alive”, in November last year, the pair’s special relationship is wholly reflected in their lyrically profound soundscape.
“Funeral”, the first single on the EP, is now accompanied by enchanting and eerie visuals. The video, which depicts a young woman (Caitlin Cusano) using sign language to tell a morbid tale of death and mourning, was inspired by a vivid and reoccurring dream of Lauren’s. She reflects that “Caitlin’s energy is so intense and her emotion so spot on, that [you] do not even need to hear the song to feel what she is feeling: sadness, softness, frustration, hurt, unrest, peace… it is all there. She cuts the through the distance between what is “alive” and what is “not” and conveys my written words in an even clearer and more beautiful way than I could ever imagine.”
Though lyrically and visually intense, Lauren’s delicate voice, alongside Ike’s incredible production, has culminated in an enchanting and addictive sensory experience. Lolahiko are set to release more content throughout 2017. We for one, can’t wait!