In honor of Mother’s Day, Iris Lune shares a touching single and video “Note to Self,” the third single off of her upcoming debut LP lovelosslove out June 5th. A letter to herself written one year after her mother’s passing, “Note to Self” is Iris Lune trying to figure out how to hold onto the person she was before her mom passing, finding room for that past self inside who she is now. The first half of the second verse is a literal translation of one of the love letters her mom wrote to her dad in their early 20s.
The song is accompanied with an equally emotional video, the director Julia Barrett-Michael offering a statement: “this piece would be a poem in reverence to maternal ancestry, depicted through three real maternal love stories: My grandmother and myself, our dear friend Kezia and her little lovely daughter Leighton, and Iris Lune’s and her late mother… though not featured in the film, who is then echoed in the guest appearance of Iris Lune’s wife and newborn son…Together, we created a piece that is a testament to both joy and grief, birth and death, and of course, love and loss from the depths of our most authentically loving, full and broken hearts.”
The 12 songs on lovelosslove explore the ways of experiencing loss and love, two feelings that are so tightly intertwined that they sometimes feel seamless, like a continuous thread. Loss is another color of love, which is why it hurts so much. After losing her mother two years ago to a six year cancer battle, Ella Joy Meir (Iris Lune) has been piecing her life together, trying to make sense of it all and trying to navigate a world without her mom’s physical presence. Her loss split Meir’s heart in half, leaving a distinct line between everything before and after that day. These songs are her own journey as she unfolds this new reality and dives deep into the core of things, to the most vulnerable of places of herself, places she cannot hide from. There are blue-gray summers and open wounds but also treasures and havens, waiting to be found. There is darkness and grief, but also light and hope.
Meir co-wrote this album with producer Asher Kurtz, with whom she started the project with back in Boston. Meeting 3 times a week over the course of 4 months, they created a safe space in which they pushed each others boundaries and created music in ways they’ve never done before.
Born out of the Middle Eastern folk tradition of her native Israel, Iris Lune is a rich sonic tapestry anchored on Meir’s palpable mystique and limitless sonic mood board, which includes nods to the nearby countries and regions of her youth, including Egypt and Northern Africa, Russia, Turkey, and beyond. With three EPs under her belt, the upstart has netted over a million streams across platforms to date, and has become a local live force, whose network includes fellow indie pals like Half Waif, Rubblebucket, Arthur Moon, Ian Chang, Cuddle Magic, Kimbra, Elliot Moss, and Sonnymoon.
Lyrics: Ella Joy Meir
Co-Lyricist: Mikhal Weiner
Music: Asher Kurtz & Ella Joy Meir
Production: Asher Kurtz
Vocal Production: Ella Joy Meir & Asher Kurtz
Mixing: Charlie Van-Kirk
Mastering: Joe Laporta at Sterling Sounds (FKA twigs, Shawn Mendes)
Recording Studio: Greylock Studios
Vocals, Synths: Ella Joy Meir
Guitars, Synths, Drum Programming: Asher Kurtz
Bass, Moog: Aaron Liao
Drums: Angelo Spampinato