Lara Taubman looks back on a disappointing Hookup in her latest single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
While the term has become 21st-century parlance for fleeting romance, the singer-songwriter wastes little time evoking the groovy ’60s and ’70s with a funk-infused bassline and crystal vocals reminiscent of Grace Slick. The song is personal, inspired by a time when Lara was waiting for a text from a man she had recently hooked up with. “It’s about the risky high dives I took in my intimate relationships, gambling with hope as my best hand,” she said. I wrote the song in one sitting. Driven by that first line and a mountain of yearning, despair and anxiety.”
Lara performed the song on her acoustic guitar at gigs in New York City and Nashville before producer Hugh Christopher Brown of Wolfe Island Records added the funk arrangements. The song is a change from her more typical folk and country-inspired music. She knew Hookup would eventually be a video, and one where she appears alone.
”I had a flash of a vision of me naked with all my guitars on my bed,” she said. “My bed is where the song was conceived and it’s also where I came back to life from all of my bad decisions.”
Hookup appears on Lara’s confessional 2020 debut album Revelation. A performing singer-songwriter in New York City, Lara often migrates north to her home in Wolfe Island, Canada, to enjoy the beauty of nature. However, it was in her original home of southern Virginia where Appalachian music first stirred her and inspired her to make music. It was a long and winding road to eventually recording music, and she enjoyed prior careers as an art critic and curator, as well as an academic. She currently hosts a podcast called Graveyard Sessions, where she hosts conversations with creatives from all disciplines. Her second album and EP will be released this fall.