New Jersey singer Donna Missal has released her new single Let You Let Me Down, with her new album, Lighter, set to follow this July. We asked her the BiG questions.
Missal says, "I got to a point in writing the album that I had said everything I wanted to say about someone else f***ing up. I wanted to talk about the role I played in letting something consume me and burn me down. In Let You Let Me Down, I'm addressing that I need to change too, so I don't rebuild myself the same way but come back from it stronger and better."
The video, which Donna shot in her suburban Los Angeles backyard with her sisters and friend Erica Hernandez, who shot the album cover, has a joyful, DIY vibe.
Donna explains, "We ran around, using what we had and just playing. It was really cathartic. I wanted it to feel like it belonged to the story I had set out to tell with this album, before the stay-at-home order, so I dyed a bodysuit from white to black that my stylist Brett Alan Nelson had made for the Hurt By You video.
"I felt like a kid, remembering what it was like to make things for fun. I think we ended up with something that feels more personal than what we could have made under different (normal) circumstances. So I'm embracing that."
Early in the recording process, Donna decided on the album’s title: Lighter. She explains, "It represents the concept of burning s*** down all around you and rising from the ashes."
Tell us three things about yourself
Introverted-extrovert, Capricorn, obsessed with my cat Frank.
How would you describe your music?
I’ve always made music by just doing what comes naturally to me, so its always been vocal and melody-driven. My second album, Lighter, coming out on July 10, was sonically inspired by this fantasy I had of Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain being the lead singers of a band made up of Oasis, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I’ve always been most inspired by powerful women. Like, all of them
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Trying to find balance between staying creative and taking the opportunity to slow down. I made a music video at home during quarantine for my new song Let You Let Me Down that’s out now, and had a lot of fun figuring out how to use what I had around me to create something to put out into the world. But my time spent reflecting and having quiet moments with myself has been just as important.
What’s your favourite song right now?
My answer to this changes every day but I really love the new Rosalia song, Dolerme.
Favourite lyrics of all time
Answers to questions like these are ever-changing but these have been on my mind lately, by Mitski:
"I am a forest fire. I am the fire and I am the forest and I am a witness watching it."
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
So hard!!! But I think it would be instrumental. Maybe Against the Sky from the Brian Eno album, The Pearl. If we’re talking the rest of my life, it’s got to have space for me to grow with it.
Where can we find your music/more information?
My music is all over the internet wherever you like to listen you can find it there. My website is always updated with the latest info, donnamissal.com.