For LANNDS, “lotus” represents a turning point. They spent a year working on a third release. But they scrapped the project after taking LSD together, concluding that they’d been weighed down by self-doubt. With “lotus” they eschewed all outside influence, pushing to make sounds that moved them and felt authentic.
The result is a pulsing, urgent work that captures raw emotion and embodies the DIY ethos of LANNDS—all writing, recording, artwork, and video content is done by Rania and Brian. Reaffirming Rania’s commitment to pushing boundaries and normalizing people of color in indie music, the album exists on its own plane, merging vocals that make you want to cry with a beat that makes you want to dance.Claire Landsbaum Vanity Fair