California’s Alycia Lang has a new single, “Projector,” the first from her forthcoming MakeShift EP. It’s a beguilingly gentle-sounding pop song, with biting message for those who listen closely. Lang says,
“‘Projector’ is about being able to make the distinction between what is your baggage and what isn’t, and how that can come into focus when you remove someone from a pedestal and see their humanity more clearly. Sometimes we assign ourselves these archetypal roles, when really we’re just shirking our accountability with others: pretender, defender, professor, etc. It was fun exploring what each of those looks like and what the consequence can be: ‘you’re a professor, teaching me about the way / Making a mess of the things you feel for what you say.’
There’s a challenge in separating truths about yourself from whatever story someone else is putting on you. For me, that ability was hard won, but when it finally showed up it was a really empowering thing and this song came out of that. It felt like shrugging off passivity and victimhood in favor of telling something like it is.”
MakeShift is out later this Spring. “Projector” is available via all streaming platforms here.