After fronting hip-hop and trance group Les La Britanica since 2008, vocalist Lindsey French knew she wanted to pursue her own thing and have more creative control in her music. So in January 2012, she began operating under the name Negative Gemini. She took her music in a different direction, focusing more on multilayered synths, ghostly vocals and simple ambient beats. Negative Gemini's dark experimental pop is reminiscent of groups such as Mazzy Star, Grouper and Grimes. In September, Negative Gemini came out with "Will You," a song set for official release this fall on a yet-to-be-titled, five-song EP. We asked her about that one song.
Style: Tell us about "Will You."
French: I wrote it about the feeling that you have when you are getting lost in another person — even if it's just for a moment. You want to get lost in that person, but you're having a hard time being in that moment. The song is literally asking the question, "Will you let me in?" I'm asking the person to be in the moment with me but also acknowledging that it may not be possible. It's definitely a song about unrequited love.
So it's from a personal experience?
Oh yeah. It's something I wrote for someone in particular. It dealt with a personal relationship going on with my life at the moment. I was staying at my parents' house in Charlottesville over the summer. I don't have any friends up there and I didn't have a job, so I sat up upstairs in my room for about a month getting all that energy out through my music. I feel like I had so much to get out but wanted to take the time to challenge myself and do something as genuine as I could be.
Did being cooped up affect the songwriting?
I felt so isolated, but it really worked. The first day, I plugged in my keyboard and it was already on this weird setting. I played some chords and thought it sounded cool. It kept staying in my head so I finally recorded it. I usually sing some random words or gibberish or a couple of notes until I hit that right note or lyric. Sometimes I would say things out of nowhere and think, "Wow, that's really perfect."
What were you hoping people would get out of the song when they heard it?
I don't know, honestly. I was scared, but people were really into it. People didn't know what they were about to experience, I think. It's definitely more personal than with Les La Britanica. I'm more exposed. It's just me with my sampler and microphone and pedals. I'm more vulnerable, but that's more rewarding in some ways.
What do you have planned next?
I'm working on this five-song EP and I'm going to make one or two more music videos and maybe tour in the spring. Right now I'm trying to educate myself on how to be my own manager. I'm trying to figure out how to approach labels and get distribution. I really want to develop more of an organic sound and someday actually have a band. I like having complete control, but need to learn the steps to take to get my music out there more. S
Negative Gemini performs at the Camel with Canary Oh Canary and Imaginary Sons on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 9 p.m.