If you were to merge Taylor Swift, Lorde and Lana Del Rey, the chances are you’d have Lisa Keane. A talented singer-songwriter from Ireland, Keane adds a contemporary twist to old-school 90s/early 2000s pop. Embracing music at a young age, she began songwriting as a teenager and attended the Surburban Sounds project which only enhanced her natural skills. Featured on Cork’s Red FM, Hot Press, BBC Across The Lake, Music Box, Right Chord Music and many other online press, the Dublin-based artist is reaching audiences on an international scale. The latest addition to her discography is ‘Love Me’.
Right Chord Music described Keane’s vocals as “sublime fusing with electronic beats and tranquil rhythms in a funky blend of varying genres”, and I cannot agree more. Following her soft ballad ‘Run’, ‘Love Me’ has a more synth-driven style underlying warm, gentle vocals. Tipping you into a swirl of sound, the single creates a hazy ambience in which you can easily lose yourself. The thing is, while you are losing yourself in the sonic organza, Keane’s vocals act as an anchor showcasing her innovativeness.
What I find intriguing is the heartfelt emotion oozing from Keane in ‘Love Me’. Touching on the greater complexities of falling in love, she looks at risk, uncertainty and fear of “going down the rabbithole going nowhere”. Falling in love is assumedly a wonderful thing, however, you do face the risk of losing them when at your most vulnerable moment. Drew Barrymore said in Never Been Kissed that true love is when you find someone who makes you so happy but you are terrified of losing this wonderful thing. ‘Love Me’ reminds me of this profound statement.
Showing an insightful understanding of human emotions, Keane finds the delicate line between innocent joviality and melancholic fragility in ‘Love Me’. Soft, soothing and easy to listen to, the ballad is a sonic representation of the human soul in its most ecstatic and cautious moments. Truly anthemic, ‘Love Me’ will have the audience swaying when performed live.