With the support of her fans, critics, and famous friends alike, the wildly creative, Grammy award winning Lady Rizo releases her second studio album, Indigo. Deeply personal, Indigo captures the playful aspect of performance affairs, coupled with tales of lavish lifestyles that elude to essence of late escapades. Only a chanteuse of Lady Rizo’s stature could so accurately represent the rowdy world she lives in. Indigo boasts ten tracks of eclectic music, all in one decadent package.
The superstar performer who has accumulated many accolades: naming Moby, Reggie Watts, and Yo-Yo Ma, as collaborators, the latter on his Songs of Joy & Peace album, which won a Grammy Award. She’s received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a Time Out London theater award, and a 2013 London Cabaret Award. A composer who co-composed with Adam Rapp on his musical Los Angeles, Rizo has also penned theme songs for the Fuse network and E! Entertainment. All of which is to say: Our Lady of
Perpetual Creativity is, by design, many things to many people.
“I love taking these beautiful, luxurious images or sounds and pressing them up to the very raw pain of existence. Making people feel alive—grand and giant one moment, yet intimate and vulnerable the next,” says Rizo. “That’s why I introduce myself as chanteuse, which Piaf described as someone who takes one song and makes a whole opera out of it. Many of my
songs carry a kernel of mystery, and I hope my music makes listeners vibrate with that excitement.”
Indigo features songs like “Under” an unlikely banger built around a boogaloo beat, one of its most eccentric offerings. The song came about after The Civilians theater company had asked Lady Rizo to write a song about a real-life couple who had sex in a coffin while being
buried. The song attempts to answer the inevitable questions that arise: “What is the desire for that?” she asks. “Why do we want to feel sex and death together?”
“Sometimes the Sky’s Too Bright” also came from a challenge. In this case, she was invited to collaborate on a Soho Theatre show in London about Dylan Thomas. She transforms his poem “Sometimes the Sky’s Too Bright” into a haunting, beat-driven tune. “I think it’s about the unbearable beauty of the world,” Lady Rizo explains. “Like when you’re in a very dark place, but it’s a gorgeous day outside. And you wish clouds would roll in to match your mood.” The tracks “Albatross” and “Lilac Wine” come across as more contemporary than classic: and that’s the versatility that makes Lady Rizo a very valuable performer.