At 19 years old, Lizzy Plapinger co-founded the Neon Gold record label which started artists such as Haim, Charli XCX, and Tove Lo. She started her band, MS MR, and while she is still committed to her musical partner, she has decided to venture out into a new step in her life. Plapinger takes on the name LPX as a solo artist. She delivers herself with quite a bold statement saying, “I’m here to assert myself—harder, louder and stronger—as a woman and an artist”.
LPX is all about creating music that rips through your speakers and shakes you to your core and music that gets into your blood, takes hold and doesn’t let go. We can definitely experience this from her first single, “Tightrope”.
The fusion of pop and punk with a little bit of grunge creates an energetic, chaotic and charismatic instrumental to Tightrope. You immediately feel a ball of energy as the track begins, and her powerful vocals influences the intensity of the song. However, the forceful glitchy guitar introductions to the chorus can really take away from the representation of the inner battle Lizzy captures in the lyrics. You can feel a bit of anger from the combination of the guitar and her vocals, which wasn’t the initial impression of the single. The vibe of the song was dance-like and energetic, and then flows into a confusing state. Although the song demonstrates the highs and lows our minds battle when taking risks, it was hard to keep up with the transitions from the verses to the chorus.
The song was captured visually well in a music video, directed by Mafalda Millies and choreographed by Karole Armitage. It gives the audience a closer look at Lizzy’s blurry mind by using heavy strobes, quick cuts and visual overlays. Take a look at the video below: