Born in San Francisco but raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Rebecca Lappa is a talented singer-songwriter who has been making waves in the Canadian music scene. Nominated five times for the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Rebecca won Young Performer of the Year in 2015, and in 2019, she took home the win for Singer-Songwriter Recording of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards. With her latest release “Lolita,” Rebecca continues to showcase her skills as a songwriter and performer.
The song is the second single from her upcoming EP, Tales of a Taurus, which promises to be a standout addition to her already impressive discography. ‘Lolita’ is a thought-provoking take on Nabokov’s controversial novel, exploring themes of lust, power, and control. Co-written by Rebecca and her producer Louise Burns, the track features a catchy chorus, driving beat, and layered synths that build to an anthemic crescendo.
What sets ‘Lolita’ apart, however, is its darker undertones. The lyrics allude to the forbidden nature of the relationship between an older man and a much younger woman, exploring the frenetic dynamic between the two. The muted guitars and kick drum lend commentary on the perceived sexuality and innocence of young women as interpreted by male audiences, creating a sense of unease that builds throughout the track.
Rebecca’s vocals are stunning throughout the song, showcasing her range and emotional depth. The way she delivers the lyrics with both vulnerability and strength perfectly captures the complex emotions at the heart of the song. The layered harmonies in the chorus are especially effective, giving the track an epic feel that stays with you long after it’s over.
Another standout feature of ‘Lolita’ is the production work by Louise Burns. The synths and guitars are expertly layered, creating a lush sound that perfectly matches the intensity of the lyrics. The drumbeat is steady and driving, building momentum as the song progresses.
I would recommend “Lolita” to anyone who appreciates thoughtful and intelligent pop music. This song is especially recommended to those who enjoy exploring complex themes and lyrics that offer more than just surface-level meaning. Give ‘Lolita’ a listen today and let the song’s powerful message and addictive melody speak to you.