PopCrush Presents: Alo Lee
Every week at PopCrush, we’re putting the spotlight on one up-and-coming act you need to know about. Why? So you can get on board early before everyone else and their mother jumps on the bandwagon…and so you can be that one friend in the group who’s always like, “Um, actually, I prefer their earlier work.”
Wyoming-bred, London-based singer-songwriter Alo Lee has already made waves online with just a handful of SoundCloud tracks. Drawing comparisons to R&B contemporaries The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, Lee's musical repertoire is an impressive one: Her brand of moody, atmospheric pop errs on the darker side of R&B, with a vocal inflection that often recalls the late Aaliyah.
Lee's latest release, “Videos,” follows suit: Written in conjunction with FKA Twigs and Lana Del Rey producer Liam Howe, the song boasts Lee's soft vocals expertly layered over a slick, smooth beat. According to i-D, the sultry offering was inspired by the way “technology has taken us away from real human connection.”
Elaborating on the song’s inception, Lee -- who once admitted she wants to be the "R&B Taylor Swift" -- said, "Liam Howe, Tom Aspaul and I started by discussing concealing something from someone in a relationship and somehow we got onto the topic of unrealistic expectations of women within the porn industry. A guy could have a perfectly amazing girl in front of him every day but could be stuck in front of the computer watching these videos."
But, Lee insists, don't take it too seriously: "It sounds deep, but we approached it as a playful concept; we had a lot of fun writing it."
Lee also put her own spin on Drake’s hugely successful “Hotline Bling.” Rather than produce a straight-laced cover of the original, Lee significantly upped the track's sex appeal, making it sound far less like a jealous ex's late-night lament.
Listen to "Videos" and "Hotline Bling" above, and head over to Alo Lee's SoundCloud to check out the rest of her releases.
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