It’s hard enough making it through the end of high school, never mind trying to write and release four singles in the same year that garner international attention. But that’s what 18-year-old Lupa J pulled off. The Sydney-based artist opened for Grimes on her stop there, and it’s easy to see the connection; in the video for “Numb,” Lupa J’s Grimesian airy, emotive, reflective talent is evident.
“I wrote ‘Numb’ during a particularly dark phase of my teenage years, after being forced to deal with some difficult things I had ignored for too long,” she says of the song. “I could see another girl I knew from school really struggling to face her own emotions, and instead coping in damaging ways. I guess I saw aspects of myself in her, and I ended up writing about it. That’s where the song originally came from. With the video, I tried to portray those ideas in a more subtle way: there are shots of me dancing and singing in different locations, and other shots where I got a friend of mine to stand around in crowds looking a bit lost. I sort of see it as the older more mature me singing to a younger more naïve representation of me.”
“Numb” comes from her forthcoming debut EP My Right Name.