photo by Arden Wray, makeup by Maya Goldenberg

photo by Arden Wray, makeup by Maya Goldenberg

L CON is the solo project of Toronto-based songwriter and sonic adventurer Lisa Conway. Her recordings have been described as "ethereal, minimalist, experimental, unnerving…and downright elegant" (AUX), with the Toronto Star claiming, "Conway is bound for greatness, even if she doesn’t realize it yet." 

A “producer who is gleefully unafraid of experimentation” (UPROXX), Lisa has collaborated with filmmakers, dancers, and performance artists, been nominated for a SOCAN Songwriting Prize (as part of Del Bel), and completed creative residencies from New Brunswick, Canada, to Aubagne, France. A recent alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s Slaight Music Residency, and one of two Canadians selected to be part of the renowned Red Bull Music Academy 2018 in Berlin, her work both in live performance and in the studio has garnered critical acclaim, drawing comparisons to Beth Gibbons, Laurie Anderson, PJ Harvey, and Bjork. Lisa is also officially a Master of Sonic Arts, graduating from the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast with distinction. Her recent album Insecurities in Being (2018), received press from The Fader, Uproxx, and Tiny Mix Tapes, and was one of Exclaim’s Top 10 Underrated Albums of 2018.

Recently released Whatever EP (October 4, 2019) features collaborations with Casey MQ (Zaki Ibrahim, TiKa the Creator), Pursuit Grooves (who’s done remixes for Planningtorock and the Knife), Geordie Gordon (US Girls), and Evan Gordon (Islands), and string arrangements by Mika Posen (Agnes Obel, Timber Timbre).

The result of an Ontario Arts Council Demo Grant, and inspired by Lisa’s time in Berlin, the spirit of this EP was simple - collaborate, write quickly and directly, be less precious with ideas, and make faster songs (though the initial “rule” of each song being a minimum of 120 BPM was scrapped fairly early on). Despite intentions of letting go, of just making “whatever”, the outcome is four meticulously crafted, sonically rich tracks - experimental yet approachable - blending warm organic horns and strings with driving drum machines, vintage synthesizers, and glitchy bleeps and bloops.

First single “Winner” (126 BPM, FYI) was written, recorded, and produced by Lisa, and features lush string arrangements composed and performed by Mika Posen (Agnes Obel, Timber Timbre) - marking the first time Lisa has let someone else arrange strings on any L CON album. The track received praise from Earmilk, who called L CON "one of Canada's best kept secrets,” and the video by Mina Sewell Mancuso “"irresistibly charming.” Second single “Believe” - a collaboration with old friends Evan and Geordie Gordon - is a gem of a co-write, a song both vulnerable and hopeful, intimate yet anthemic. Lisa’s mom likes it very much.

Lisa is also working on a collaborative ambient tape loop EP with fellow-RBMA alumni Nami Sato (Japan), as well as developing her new pizza podcast, Pizza Feelings.