Lupa J is a producer, singer-songwriter and violinist from Sydney, Australia who has cultivated a dedicated following for her sophisticated electronic music since she burst onto the scene at age 15 in 2014. In her short career so far, she has turned heads internationally and played support for some of the biggest names in the game, like Grimes and Tegan and Sara. Her latest track, "Moth," explores the way young women are drawn to damaging images of perfection in the media.
"Moth" is a haunting song that describes the overwhelming experience of being confronted with advertising images that objectify women to sell clothes and makeup. "Girls on billboards laughing/ Silence, hysterical and lasting/ Me, with my creased hands/ They know I can't speak back from here," chants Lupa J over frantic percussion and eerie synths. The accompanying video is a striking metaphor for how we can lose ourselves in the quest for an impossible perfection.
"Moth" is taken from Lupa J's A House I Don't Remember EP, a record that demonstrates her flair for catchy electro-pop with a dark, beating heart. On this record, she succinctly expresses the struggles that young women face in 2017, and we can't wait to see what she does next.
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Molly McLaughlin is a travel and culture writer currently based in Mexico City. Her work has appeared in publications including Lonely Planet, Refinery29 and Ms. Magazine. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @mollysgmcl.