There are moments in life where words are not enough. But sometimes, a song can say it all. For singer/songwriter Sara Lov, music bridges this chasm between head and heart, providing the necessary vocabulary to explore emotions that are all too often inaccessible.
With her honey-dipped melodies and sweetly inviting voice, Lov welcomes us to her home, into her Los Angeles living room for some tea, an afternoon chat, and a moment of peace away from the world.
Lov's hypnotically alluring sound was cultivated during her years with the dream pop band Devics, which she founded with Dustin O'Halloran in 1993. Devics toured the world and released critically lauded albums with Simon Raymond of Cocteau Twins' label, Bella Union. When solo projects pulled O'Halloran away from Devics, Lov struck out on her own.
In 2009, Lov began work on her debut solo album, Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming, with the help of Zac Rae, the esteemed producer and musician who once worked with Fiona Apple, Gnarls Barkley, Macy Gray, and Annie Lennox.
Her debut solo record earned her respect not just from critics, but also from within the music industry. The highly influential radio station KCRW in Los Angeles invited her perform an intimate live set on time-honored taste-making show, "Morning Becomes Eclectic." Sea Wolf's Alex Brown Church enlisted Lov accompany him on a 45-day tour in 2010. Church and Lov had collaborated on Seasoned Eyes track, and she performed stripped down opening sets with just her guitar, that powerful voice, and a lonely record player that provided a backing track.
The album was a melodic musical diary inscribed with Lov's seductive, smoky voice, wafting plumes of emotions. Adulation and melancholy, break downs and building back up, all melt together in these heart-stirring songs forged by Lov.
Yet, behind Lov's sunny exterior, that contagious smile and cerulean blue eyes, she holds onto a painful past. As a child her father kidnapped a then 5-year-old Lov and her brother, and lived as a fugitive with them in Tel Aviv, Isreal. After many years on the run, they returned to America, and Lov reunited with her mother, who she hadn't seen in 10 years. At just 15, Lov experienced the darker side of life, but through music and song, she developed an antidote to sorrow.
For her latest LP, I Already Love You Lov returns to her DIY philosophy by releasing the album on her own label, Splinter Records. Mixed by Darrell Thorpe (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Air, Radiohead) and with Zac Rae back on board, the album further delves into Lov's evocative and intimate aural environment. The album of covers ranges from a piano and string driven take on Black Heart Procession's "Square Heart" to a swaying, country-tinged version of Ron Sexsmith's "Just My Heart Talkin'." The chanteuse includes her own sultry take on Venetian pop star Patty Pravo's "La Bambola as a love note to her loyal Italian fans, who will hear the album via IRMA records. On I Already Love You, Lov tries on myriad styles, stringing them all together with the electricity of her effervescent voice.
The album also departs visually from Lov's artistic expression. "I usually do my own artwork but for this record, since the songs are by other people, I thought the artwork could be too." To create visual aesthetic of the album, Lov asked her longtime friend and acclaimed artist Seonna Hong to put images to the sound. Hong's illustration style can also be seen in the imaginative, paper cut-out inspired video for Lov's "Fountain."
With I Already Love You, Lov infuses warmth into these cool covers, conjuring new emotions from old songs, further codifying the truth that we already know: Lov is fearless.