TRACK PREMIERE: LMNOP “HIRAETH” (F. JETT KWONG)
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L.A. producer LMNOP seems like he’s in between at least two big things right now. He did twin releases for Dome of Doom in 2016—Rose Gold and Gold—and now he’s preparing a full-length for Alpha Pup, as well as releases with Lando Chill and L.A. RECORD cover alum Fat Tony. (Interviewed here.) But he’s also the kind of person who makes every project into something special, even if it’s just a single song—which is why we’re here today. His new “Hiraeth” features Jett Kwong, an extremely accomplished vocalist and guzheng player with a stand-out solo discography. On the urgent and emotional “Hiraeth,” she trades call-and-response vocals with LMNOP—singing for the first time ever on his own music!—as they explore a potent but subtle kind of nostalgia, reinforced by a redesigned wedding photo of Kwong’s grandparents. It’s the kind of feeling that’s hard to explain, but instantly familiar nonetheless. Says LMNOP:
“Hiraeth is a Cymraeg [Welsh] word which doesn’t translate well into English. It is a deep longing for home. Jett Kwong and I wrote this song together to describe a feeling of longing for a past that may have never existed, a person that you once loved that is lost to you forever, or memories of a better time. We love the word, and wanted to do a do a duet in English and Cantonese. Jett’s family is from Hong Kong and she plays the Guzheng when she performs live.”