Olivia Ryan | March 16, 2022
“In an American diner, on the moon, looking down at earth.”
According to up-and-coming artist Lemonade Baby, this is the perfect spot to listen to his newest single, ‘Electric Girl’. As niche and galactic as that description of a location may be, it feels completely apt for this song. With enamoured lyrics written through rose-coloured glasses that are buoyed up by 80s synth-pop chords and day-dreamy melodies, there is a real sense of calm and joy woven into the track.
Born into a musical family, Lemonade Baby’s evolution into the artist he is now felt inevitable. He lists Prince, Iggy Pop, Kanye, Gary Numan and Travis Scott as a few names among his many musical inspirations, appreciating them for their commitment to authentic “expressionism” rather than genre or style. This particular song is reminiscent of Troye Sivan’s signature indietronica sounds with its 80s synth-pop chords and upbeat tempo. The lyrics are inspired by a moment in which he woke up to the sun shining in and turned over to see his girlfriend, only to be overcome with electric “sparks” and a sense of gratitude. He confesses that “I can feel you in my veins,” encapsulating the palpable energy that comes from being in the midst of a lovesick obsession.
The song was created by the Brisbane-based artist during the pandemic in 2021; a time that saw the creative arts struggle as an industry, and artists struggle on an individual level. Some musicians understandably found the uncertain times to be an inspiration blocker. Others have spoken about how lockdowns facilitated their creative process and how they saw them as an opportunity to focus on developing new work. Lemonade Baby experienced the latter and saw the period as the chance to welcome growth and immerse himself in his craft.
He released six singles over the course of 2020 and 2021, with ‘Electric Girl’ being his first, but not last, release of 2022. With his resolution for 2021 being to learn how to play guitar, this song happened to also be the first he wrote with this new-found instrumental skill. The track evolved dramatically over 6 months from a country style pop ballad to be an ethereal indie number.
He describes the process of releasing music into the world as a “roller coaster of emotions” beginning on a high, before dipping down to an emotional low and then gradually climbing back up. Like a true artist, his relationship to his work is ever changing with time:
“I feel that anyone who wants to be better will always find something to criticise about their own work, I feel that’s what throws me off the high of releasing new music.”
Whatever the genre or style of music his next single may follow, fans will be excited to see where his creativity will take him next. Signing with a record label and receiving his Spotify musician profile stick out as the two biggest “oh my god” moments in his musical career so far, but he is sure there are plenty yet to come.
Listen to Lemonade Baby’s ‘Electric Girl’ on Spotify below.