Live Review: LÂLKA takes on the internet with 'CTRL ALTer ego'

30 October 2018 | 8:54 am | Max Lewis

'CTRL ALTer ego' sees Brisbane LÂLKA producer LÂLKA take a tongue-in-cheek look at internet culture in her poppiest track yet.

The master of weird and wacky electronica, LÂLKA, has dropped a glitzy new single in the form of 'CTRL ALTer ego'. Collaborating with Paces and Haxx (of Kult Kyuss), the track is her most outwardly poppy yet, without betraying the bold and uncompromising style she's known for.

With a vibe like bizarro-world Top-40 music, LÂLKA's music is something that needs to be experienced to truly grasp it. Mixing experimental production with idiosyncratic pop sensibility, her fearless DIY approach has earned her a ton of well-deserved recognition; look no further than cuts like 'Shut Up' or 'Cool Youth' to see why.

On working with Paces and HaxxLÂLKA says, "When I first started making music, I was anti-collaboration because I felt that I needed to protect my art. I needed that time to work in isolation to discover for myself who I was as an artist; I'm a more confident artist now, so it was the right time to collaborate with other producers on this track."


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'CTRL ALTer ego' sees LÂLKA sounding the most bright and peppy she's ever been, with an undercurrent of her all-to-familiar subversive vibe. On the surface there's bouncy hooks, glitzy synth layers and pitched vocal melodies that build to a gorgeous explosion in the chorus. Beneath that, though, there's biting commentary on the interplay between internet culture and identity that gives the sugary-sweet sound a neat edge. It's not immediately noticeable through the glittery pop production, but like all LÂLKA, there's the added layer of weirdness that really adds to the track.

With 'CTRL ALTer ego' you can really tell LÂLKA is having a blast playing around with her vibe, yet this poppy side doesn't undermine her utterly unique approach to production. She can do acidic and in your face electronic blasts, but she can also do an unashamed pop banger. Such flexibility is what's made her one of the most important electronic artists to come out of our humble country in recent memory.

Photo by Broadr Lines

Words by MAX LEWIS