Wednesday, Hardly Art and Polyvinyl announced the collaboration between Chicago bands Lala Lala and Grapetooth on a pair of dreamy new songs just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Fantasy Movie” and “Valentine.”
Lillie West of indie-rock trio Lala Lala and new-wave duo Grapetooth forged their distinct sounds together, producing something between John Maus and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. Both tracks have a cinematic quality to them, with “Fantasy Movie” evoking enlightened romance flicks that might focus on yearning and heartbreak as opposed to gooey, idealized depictions of love, while “Valentine” captures the heart rate-quickening excitement of new romance in an artful and understated way.
Grapetooth’s Chris Bailoni says of the songs in a statement:
“I wanted [“Fantasy Movie”] to be filled with lots of layers of wobbly detuned organs and synths with a similar timbre that constantly cut in and out throughout the arrangement. [On “Valentine”] Lillie and Clay [Frankel] sang beautifully for hours and left the session file with almost 100 tracks on it—organizing and then mixing that song was a wild maneuver but I’m super happy with how the songs came out. I love making music with these two pals.
Listen to Lala Lala and Grapetooth collaborate on “Fantasy Movie” and “Valentine” below.