New Audio: JOVM Mainstays The Lovelines Share Sultry “Make Believe”

Orlando-based sibling duo and JOVM mainstays The Lovelines — Tessa D (vocals) and Todd Goings (multi-instrumentalist, songwriting and production) — with the late 2021 release of their debut single “Strange Kind of Love,” a slick synthesis of Amy Winehouse-like blue-eyed soul, jazz standadrs and Dummy-era Portishead-like trip-hop centered around Tessa D’s soulful crooning and a dusty production featuring twinkling Rhodes, wobbly guitars and an infectious, razor sharp hook. The single eventually rose to #1 on SubmitHub’s Popular Charts.

The Orlando-based duo’s second single, “Dark Thoughts About A Pretty Flower,” a sultry trip hop-like number with a dusty lo-fi-like production featuring twinkling Rhodes, slashing guitars, propulsive polyrhythm paired with Tessa D’s soulful crooning and an infectious hook. “‘Dark Thoughts About A Pretty Flower’ was written to be free for interpretation,” The Lovelines’ Todd Goings explained to me in an email. “Is it a song about love or is it a song about a literal flower? Is it a song about pessimism, or a song about perversion, or is it a song about both?”

The duo have written and recorded their full-length debut and plan to release it single-by-single over the course of 2022-2023. The album will feature previously released singles “Dark Thoughts About A Pretty Flower” and “Steadily,” a woozy featuring dusty hip hop-inspired breakbeats, glistening Rhodes, a supple bass line and the duo’s uncanny knack for crafting razor sharp hooks. Tessa D’s sultry vocal floating through the Geoff Barrow-like mix production helped further cement their unique take on trip-hop.

The Lovelines’ first single of 2023, “Make Believe” is a slow-burning and woozy take on trip-hop featuring dusty breakbeats, twinkling keys, shimmering bursts of pedal steel paired with Tessa D’s gorgeous and soulful delivery expressing a mix of longing, desire, desperation and pride. The song focuses on the push and pull of a dysfunctional relationship that can’t quite be escaped.