Lila Drew Shares Stirring Ballad ”Lila’s Theme”

Pop songwriter Lila Drew has released her latest single, the stunning ballad “Lila’s Theme.” The video was directed by Vincent Haycock (Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Florence & the Machine) and shot at Luis Barragan’s iconic Casa Prieto Lopez outside of Mexico City. Today, Lila has also announced her full length debut album All The Places I Could Be, which will be released on November 11th. Fans can preorder the album here.

“A lot of ‘Lila’s Theme’ is about Joan Didion’s essay The White Album,” Drew explains. “She talks about 1968 in Los Angeles in such a poignant and unromantic way. And she was the first woman I’d ever read who talked about mental health which such honesty. I just love her work so much and it’s inspired a lot of my music and my non-music writing. I was thinking a lot about how communication was just so vastly different in the time she was writing The White Album versus the time I was writing ‘Lila’s Theme’. How our relationships have changed so much because of the changes in communication. That’s what ‘Lila’s Theme’ is all about, and a really central theme to a lot of the songs I’ve written.”

Drew’s debut full length is unparalleled when it comes to her songwriting. Like contemporaries Clairo, Beabadoobee and others, she’s examining what it means to come of age, but All The Places I Could Be focuses on something more layered and specific to her generation- the way in which technology both enhances and inhibits interpersonal connections and real life experiences. Graduating high school in the pandemic and spending her first year at college learning via zoom has all been a source of inspiration for the record. In her song “Crystal Ball” she sings “and I’ll be different I promise, comfort in the in between, and I’ll be different, just static behind the crystal screen.”

Photo Courtesy: Vincent Haycock