Jordan Lehning has released the contemplative new song “Little Lie” off his upcoming new album Little Idols, due out Aug. 7.
Written in the style of a short film, the new album tells the story of an affair between a married woman and a single man that unfolds over the length of the entire album. Set in the story’s halfway point, “Little Lie” illustrates the moment after the affair begins, when the characters first realize the implication of their actions.
“‘Little Lie’ is a quiet song. It’s about the moment after an affair begins and the diametric emotions of guilt and passion,” said Lehning. “We’re in the character’s apartment for most of the song and they’re laying there quietly in bed. Towards the end her naked back is turned towards him and she’s quietly crying. She knows she’s in love with him. I recorded the guitar and vocal of this song alone and I feel like you can hear that in the recording. It’s such a private and intimate song. Austin Hoke, who plays cello on it, also plays saw. I love the saw – it has an anxious beauty which worked perfectly for the setting.”
Lehning approached his new solo album from a director’s perspective while finding inspiration in the deliberate works of filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman. Released earlier this month, the swirling first track “Oolaloom” acts as the opening credits on the project, with an off-kilter time signature that hints at the impending chaos.
In addition to producing, composing and arranging on a number of records, Lehning has played in several bands and released a pair of his own acclaimed solo albums, Jordan Sings! and Long Live The Dead.
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