Today alt-pop iconoclast Layke has released her new EP, Frequency. An ultra-vivid and intensely personal portrait of the strange duality of modern times, the EP showcases Layke’s journey from emotional chaos to unbridled joy as she intimately documents her struggles with anxiety while also celebrating her place in the LGBTQIA+ community. Frequency features the previously released singles “XOXO,” “No One Can Stop Us,” and “Help Me Out” and received early support from the likes of Entertainment Tonight, E!, Wonderland, GLAAD, Ones To Watch, Out Front Magazine, and CelebMix among others.
Delving into the meaning behind the EP, Layke shares, “With Frequency, all are invited to escape to the Layke-verse where you can be you. It’s a place to let stress and inhibitions melt away and you can just be: exist, feel, vibe. Go through whatever motions and emotions you need in a safe space. There are no rules, requirements, or pressure to be perfect. The EP itself is really about finding where you belong and truly can be yourself, feeling love and giving love.”
Co-written with multi-platinum Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter, and artist Adrian Gurvitz (Andra Day, The Bodyguard Soundtrack, Transviolet), Frequency embodies a wildly kaleidoscopic sound as it highlights Layke’s left-of-center reimagined pop songs with an edge. Written over the course of the last two years, the 6-track EP offers a safe space for listeners to be their authentic and unapologetic selves as she vulnerably and transparently opens herself up in a way she never has before, seeking to normalize the discussions around mental health and finding acceptance as a pansexual, queer individual.
The EP opens with title track, and latest single, “Frequency” which aspires to take listeners on a cosmic journey with someone you’re on the same wavelength with, connected on both an emotional and spiritual level. The fiercely honest and transparent “Help Me Out,” which was included in E!’s Best New Music of 2022 roundup, sheds a bright light on enduring mental turmoil as it replicates the unsettling sensation of experiencing an anxiety attack. Dance-club bop “XOXO,” co-written with Transviolet’s Sarah McTaggart, celebrates Layke’s journey of finding her voice within the LGBTQIA+ community and is a love letter to those who have embraced and supported her along the way as other-worldly pop anthem and EP closer “No One Can Stop Us” speaks to embracing the moment you’re in and not letting anyone — or anything — stop you. Full track listing for Frequency below.
Growing up in a conservative environment in Dallas, Layke frequently felt like an outsider, but sought solace in self-expression through dance, musical theater, and writing. Packing her bags and moving to Los Angeles, she met and began working with Gurvitz, continuing to hone her craft with fierce determination and unwavering tenacity in tow. Throughout her career, Layke has released two eclectic and ethereal EPs, featuring her debut single “Beautiful War,” and collaborated with legendary rapper Snoop Dogg on an unparalleled version of Bastille and Marshmello’s “Happier.” She continues to unapologetically live her truth with Frequency, using her music to speak openly and help others find their voice as it’s given her the opportunity to find her own. Releasing music independently, Layke has garnered nearly 2 million global streams and support from the likes of Billboard, ET Canada, Audacy, Guitar Girl Magazine, Enfnts Terribles, Diva Mag, MEAWW, and NYOTA Magazine among others.
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