Under the moniker of LACES, musician Jessica Vaughn (nee Jessica Poland) has been crafting a pristine and emotional alt-pop sound which doesn’t settle for superficial connection but digs deep into the complicated relationship between performer and audience. She had previously found success under the guise of Charlotte Sometimes, although she has since shed that musical persona in favor of something more mature and more representative of who she is as an artist right now. After a handful of singles and an eponymous EP, she has developed an internal rhythm, a way of expressing her thoughts without any sort of narrow genre limitation.
For the new video to recent single, “Someday is Not Tonight,” she visited Killphonic Studios in downtown Los Angeles to film and record a stripped-down version of the song. Accompanied solely by piano, the song feels raw and almost uncomfortably intimate. Her voice and heart are powerful things, both possessing seas of emotion through which she navigates and whose stories she subsequently chronicles in earnest detail. There is a forceful give and take between the striking lines etched out by pianist Rachel Eckroth and the rafter-breaking melodies and movements that Vaughn offers. And though there’s been some time since we last heard from her (she last released a series of singles in 2016), she’s lost none of the fire and drive which informed her earlier work.
“I know some fans are wondering why I've waited so long to release something new from my LACES project. The simple answer is - I didn't have anything to say,” she explains. “This track felt important, though, and it also felt like the most honest representation of myself. It’s about acknowledging your faults and the tools you use to numb yourself throughout your adult life. Being ok with being uncomfortable and knowing that it's ok not to be ok.”