Singled Out is a feature focusing on the stories behind a song, as told by the artists who made it. In this edition, Jasey Rebarcak discusses the first track to be released from Lady Revel‘s forthcoming album, Mood Music, which is set to drop September 15. The song, she says, carries themes of overcoming pain and recognizing self-sufficiency, as interpreted through a renewed spirit the band has found post-pandemic.
Our first ever full length album, Mood Music, is a bit of a vibe switch from previous music we have released. Pre-COVID we were making some R&B tunes just for fun on the side. After taking a bit of a hiatus from the band during the pandemic, we realized we had changed a lot as people and as artists. We released an EP in December 2022 just to gain some momentum and experiment a little with what direction we wanted to go. From there we were starting to gain a stronger sense of the kind of music we wanted to make and the kind of people we wanted to make it with. That being said, our new record coming out this month is very pop, very indie rock, and very fun. It took a while to get here but it feels like we are finally making the kind of music we want to, and I attribute a big part of that to becoming more of our authentic selves and growing as people the last couple years.
In the process of writing the songs on our new record, I met a very special girl and I thought… “her name just HAS to be in a song.” At the time, I was still getting to know this girl more but I was inspired by her; her openness to love despite being hurt in the past. The song is about this girl “Jeanette,” sort of “looking for love in all the wrong places” as they say, the redemption of overcoming past hurt, and the dichotomy of being open to healthy love while also knowing she is enough as she is all by herself. I do feel there’s a little bit of “Jeanette” in all of us. I knew I wanted this song instrumentally to be upbeat, happy, and have a bit of a west coast or surfy feel. I recorded a demo with some electric guitar riffs and then took it to our drummer, Cam Schneider. We wrote some drum parts and from there it took shape very naturally with the rest of the band.
We’re super excited to share this new era of Lady Revel with everyone and our upcoming album! We’ve also released another single, “Mood Music” (the album’s title track), and have one more on the way before our album release show September 15 at xBk Live.