Lila Drew’s “Crystal Ball” is bedroom pop splendour

Lila Drew‘s “Crystal Ball” is out now.

Olivia Rodrigo, Gracie Abrams… It is not a secret that bedroom pop has become a big mainstream trend in 2021. As the list of up and coming artists who switch to this genre gets longer day after day, it is not particularly easy to discern the good from the bad. Lila Drew definitely belongs to the first category.

Writing poems and making music for as long as she can remember, Drew has always opted for an introspective approach. This is particularly true in her new single, “Crystal Ball,” which also manages to combine a certain organic minimalism with very textured details reminiscent of Bon Iver.

“There’s a lot of frustration in it,” she explains about “Crystal Ball”. “I remember going to the studio with Jordan Reyes, who produced this song, and wanting to yell into the mic. That was something I’d never done before. All of the vocals I’d ever recorded had been so soft, for the sake of hiding my own fears underneath reverb and delay… The background vocals in Crystal Ball are all first takes of me just screaming the song from across the room, the mic picking up only the loudest frequencies. It’s maybe as sincere as I get. It’s a special sort of feeling.”