On Wednesday, October 5th, Lioba returned with a new music video for her single, “At the Pool.” The chilling visual experience alludes to what’s to come in her debut album, Magnolia, dropping in 2023.
The video is shot in two distinct visual parts that each tell their own half of a complete story. The musical prodigy opens the first few shots surrounded by young people relaxing in a graffiti-filled pool. Lioba seems to narrate the events as she sings directly to the viewer, her expressions scarce and unreadable. There are no limits, and the crowd is free to do as they please.
As the party continues into the late night, the intoxicating atmosphere increases. “It’s all about those blurry nights,” Lioba sings as the scene reaches its peak and she makes out with a “lover from a past life.” The original track ends with her dalliance, and leaves the listener reflecting on their own chaotically indulgent experiences — but there is more to the story, as the video soon reveals.
The following scenes upheave the previous visuals. Lioba is covered in footprints and dirt; she almost chants the words to the song’s addendum, half of her face submerged in water. These are the results of the extreme detachment she had felt the night before. The viewer is left feeling her unwitting confusion and a sense of emptiness as the now-haunting story at the pool comes to an end.
Music has always been Lioba’s home, but she doesn’t shut the blinds — rather, she uses her talents to share the deepest recesses of her mind and heart. “At the Pool” continues Lioba’s reputation for charisma and authenticity.
Emma Downes is a recent graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, where she studied English and Communication. As a lifelong writer and music lover, she is happy to be incorporating both into her work for Alchemical Records. When she’s not writing, she enjoys getting to know the DMV entertainment scene, drawing, and spending time with her four siblings.
A songwriter by the age of 15, Karla Bonhoff has been entertaining audiences for decades. Native to Southern California, she came up in the L.A. circuit of the hippie era, where artists such as Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and so many others were continuously floating in and out of one another’s orbits. Bonoff and singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor will jointly perform at the Birchmere in Alexandria Dec. 11. Together, they will tackle new and established variations on Christmas favorites, as well as toss in their original tunes.
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