Lealani - Fantastic Planet
DOME OF DOOM RECORDS IS PROUD TO PRESENT
FANTASTIC PLANET by Lealani
"As I’m currently 19, I’m still learning from the new experiences I encounter, but my experiences during Fantastic Planet are the roots of me finding out that I’m an “alien” from Fantastic Planet; or in other words, the beginning of me as an artist, a storyteller." - Lealani
The sonic pallet of her debut contains an expansive terrain, glued together through unique vocal cadences and lyricism that make every song glow with mysticism. Instead of writing lyrics, she finds spontaneity and the responsive nature of the moment as inspiration during the recordings. As Lealani explains, "The process of writing lyrics for me is that there isn’t really any plan. I freestyle all my lyrics when I write all my songs by recording myself through the audio recording of my iPhone over the beat I’ve made, or just a capella. I can’t write authentic lyrics with a plan because freestyling lyrics for me is more raw and natural. It’s when my true emotions and mental states of mind can come out of myself through my voice." A raw and unique examination of life pulses through every lyric because of this process. Outside of the conceptual aspect to the word's meanings, vocals wrap into the music with mood and essence, serving as a bridge for sound sculpting, tonality shifting, and harmony manipulation.
The electronic underpinnings, raw guitar lines, poignant synths, and expansive rhythms make a defining presence to Fantastic Planet's whole. The album's only instrumental, "Galant Bloom," orchestrates the importance of these areas, looping lush guitar lines with a beautiful driving electronic drum section that's organically meshed together. The final addition of synth layering gives the music its highest sense of emotional character, performed with lyricism that holds a soulful depth. The scope of the music is vast across the entire album, with "Miniscule" flipping an overcharged synth sequence and staggering self-tapped drum pattern that powers its way into every measure. The music is explosive, angular, and fierce, dawned as one of the more intense pieces of Fantastic Planet. "Floating" extends the variety of the record into an opposite direction, exploring a softer, somber, and more colorful form. It draws to mind new wave and other forms of music during the '80s. The range is endless across the LP.
Fantastic Planet also represents isolation and the defining elements that allow her space for creative expression. Instead of solely finding influence and sources to push forward from the outside, she is constantly searching inward to produce an original sound and extract her rawest of emotions. "To me, being an independent only child allowed me to be influenced by what I truly wanted to be influenced by because I isolated myself so much to the point where I just am who I am because that’s who I am. I don’t let people around me tell me what I should like or dislike. Sure, I’ll have some inspiration from the people and the artists around me, but most of the time I try to be on my own. I need a lot of time to myself as an artist, and that’s a lot of time alone. Time to just be myself in my own space is heaven."
Available on limited edition cassette and streaming platforms January 18, 2019, the music videos, original artwork, and other components revealed in 2019 will reflect the dynamic nature of the Fantastic Planet LP. To celebrate the launch, a record release show will happen in Los Angeles on January 19th, co-promoted by Dome of Doom and Obey Records.