Indie/alt-pop artist Lindsey Rose Black has released her new EP, Subterra today. The four-track EP was produced with Local Natives’ Matthew Frazier and John Velasquez (Ella Vos, Zella Day) and features the title track, “Subterra”, a powerful and personal song that touches on queer love, loss, and identity.
Of the EP, she shared, “Subterra, on the surface (ha), is a snapshot of young love – the nerves, the rush, the fantasy of a long-term future together. But it’s also a recognition and rebuke of the ways in which homophobia, both external and internalized, can infuse young queer love with a fear and sense of wrongness that is difficult to shake.”
“Growing up in a small conservative town, I so wanted to be seen as right and good, which meant reflecting back the town’s patriarchal, heteronormative beliefs and values (how many nights did I spend cry-begging to “pray the gay away?!”). It took a combination of miles and years away from my home state, an exorbitant amount of therapy, and some very patient former partners to help me find the courage to not only accept, but wholeheartedly love who I am as a queer woman.
Love stories uninhibited by homophobic cultural narratives and laws, trans rights, and even merely saying the word gay are all under constant threat in our country. Everyone deserves to live their truth free from fear, our stories deserve to be heard beyond June, and we won’t stop fighting.”