by Max Hill
VANCOUVER – Nashlyn Lloyd is ready to leave the nest. One of the founding members of Vancouver indie rock quartet Frankie, Lloyd is now preparing to release her debut EP Work It Out as a solo artist. While this is her first solo project, she’s been writing her own music for a while. “I had a lot of songs that I needed to put somewhere because they weren’t totally fitting within the Frankie realm. I just started doing them on my own to see what would happen with it,” she says. It’s a groovy and confident record, not afraid to take its time and chart sonic territory that goes beyond Frankie’s signature sound.
Work It Out’s subject matter was born from Lloyd’s efforts to make it on her own as a solo artist. “The main themes [of the record] are about coming into yourself and to go after what you really want in life, instead of wishing it away,” she says. “I’ve been talking about putting these songs out there and doing a solo project forever, and to actually get the guts to just do it took a lot longer and a lot more courage than I thought it would. I think that’s what most of the songs are about, just letting go of any expectations and going after your vision. And then there’s a couple of love songs about my boyfriend,” she laughs.
While most of Work It Out has its origins in electropop and trip-hop, it also had some unexpected influences. “I really love the old crooners, like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and I think my voice has a quality to it that people sometimes think is a little bit jazzy,” Lloyd says. “[The EP] seems to be a weird mesh of everything that I like, but definitely more down the electronic road than anything I’ve ever done before.”
The EP was mixed and produced by Lloyd and Kevin Maher, lead singer of Fake Shark. For Lloyd, producing the record herself was an important way to get across her vision, especially on the standout track “Gold.” “I actually did all the production myself on that one, and all the mixing. It was a really good challenge for me, because I’ve been wanting to figure out exactly what mixing is, from beginning to end,” she says.
Lloyd is currently on tour supporting the EP, with dates in Calgary, Kelowna, Nanaimo, and Vancouver. But she’s looking forward to the chance to get off the road and start writing new material. “I actually want to just start making an album right away,” she says. “I want to bring a bunch of gear up to the little cabin that my family has in Powell River and just hunker in there for a few months this winter and see what I can make.”
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