SEE: LIP TALK glories in the angelic modular flight of ‘Solar Return’ – psychedelic synthpop as it always should be

Sarah Pedinotti of LIP TALK, photographed by Amanda Picotte

FLYING high, flying free, with an absolutely gorgeous line in glittery, psychedelic synthpop, LIP TALK – the musical avatar of New Yorker Sarah K Pedinotti – has returned to the melodic modular breach once more with the absolutely lush “Solar Return”, gloried with her mellifluous tones, breathy, bell-clear, more than a little Liz Fraser in there; and all garlanded round with spacey retro synth handled with aplomb.

At once a nostalgic and celebratory tune about time passing, Sarah says: “It’s a snapshot of how we celebrated a birthday during 2020. It’s about memory and the present moment; witnessing your own life reflected back through an old friend.” The song comes complemented with a video assembled from footage from that time; cos gawd, doesn’t 2020 feel an aeon away, a whole spinning, traumatic other thing?

“Solar Return” follows two previous standalone singles, both of which we loved: “More”, taking a light-touch angel on one shoulder, devil on the other approach to our craven and craving society; and the dayglo critique of inexhaustible comsumerism of “Bargain Day”. Both of these were created as part of her ongoing song-a-day writing experiment called These Are Photographs, in which Sarah meditates on an image and then writes and records a new track in a single day.

That project is ongoing: people can submit imagery for consideration via DM on Instagram or by emailing Sarah at

Sarah is a frequent collaborator and player in numerous bands, including Kalbells, Okkervil River, and The Secret Machines, as well as writing songs for Cuddle Magic and Benjamin Lazar Davis. Great, isn’t she?

LIP TALK’s “Solar Return” is out now via digital streaming platforms and at her Bandcamp page.

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