It's Getting Warmer
While her previous singles find optimism in the difficulties of personal relationships, Lo lifts her gaze in “Mary Mind” to the broader heartache of humanity’s relationship with the environment. It’s a lesson that the announcement of her debut album Supercarry (March 25, 2022) also communicates: that we can be everyday superheroes, supercarrying not just our loved ones but also the entire planet.
Swedish singer-songwriter Lo Ersare of Lucky Lo was on a sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic when she first deeply understood the impact humanity had on the environment. While sailing from Cape Town to Salvador two summers ago, she felt closer to nature than ever before, but she also felt more alienated from humanity than ever before. The signs of climate change were so clear, so why were we still polluting, wasting and burning so mindlessly? Can we change our destructive habits? Or is it all just part of human nature?
In “Mary Mind”, Lucky Lo re-creates the feeling of her realization in the Atlantic by zooming out to a broader perspective filled with biblical symbolism and apocalyptic scenes from humanity’s history.
“Mary Mind” transforms from its subdued intro into a dreamy, lighthearted soundscape, eventually ending on its anthemic refrain. While musically upbeat, its contrasting lyrics “It’s getting warmer / Are people getting colder?” leave an unsettling, unresolved image. Is it a picture of a party at the end of the world? Or is it a sign of Lo’s un-ending optimism?
“Mary Mind” arrives with the announcement of Lucky Lo’s debut album Supercarry (March 25, 2022). Its title comes from her previous single by the same name, in which Lo professes the transformational power of caring for—supercarrying—the people around you. It’s a theme that can also be found on “Mary Mind”. “Be an anchor bonafide”, Lucky Lo sings, hinting at how being an everyday superhero can ripple beyond our immediate circle to the world as a whole.
“I like to have a balance between austerity and lightheartedness in my songs” she says about her songwriting on the album. And despite the nuanced balance of joy and seriousness on “Mary Mind”, Lucky Lo says it all boils down to one simple message: “The song is essentially about climate change, and how we need to mind what we do to our planet.”