LANNDS, Los Angeles-based duo Rania Woodard and Brian Squillace, cut their delicate psych pop with a steely triumphalism on new song "Blueprint." Built around multi-instrumentalist Squillace's groaning synths and subtle use of electronic motifs, the track is illuminated by Woodar's sighed vocals. She begins constructing a narrative of self-determination and DIY ethics, imbuing a line like "We build this house" with more meaning on each repetition. Then, as soulful guitar licks enter the mix, she cuts through with the location of this home: "where we lay down." It's a lowkey, but no less meaningful, idea of people being free to exist where, and precisely how, they wish. The fact it seems like a utopian ideal perhaps only spotlighting how far the world is from such a state.
Speaking to The FADER via email, Rania Woodard said: "'Blueprint' is a song that I hold very close to me. I started these lyrics right in the cabin in Ellijay, GA while Brian and I were starting the bulk of production as well. I felt the most empowered writing and producing this song because it shows just how far LANNDS has come with songwriting and production over the years. In the cabin I wanted to just write about what came to me and what I truly felt I wanted to say at that time. I wanted to write a song about a multitude of things in one. It’s about what it means to be a community and a collective and how it’s our responsibility to take care of our world before it’s too late. It’s also a fuck you to the 1%. I also wanted to write from a point that if someone wanted it to be about whatever, they could take it and make it about what they felt."