Miss Grit Presents “Lain (Phone Clone)”
New York-based, Korean-American, musician Margaret Sohn (they/she), better known as Miss Grit, presents her new video “Lain (Phone Clone)”.
Miss Grit is releasing their self-produced debut album, Follow the Cyborg, on February 24th via Mute Records. On “Lain (Phone Clone),” Sohn was inspired by Yasuyuki Ueda’s Serial Experiments Lain, where the anime series follows a story about a girl whose online self attempts to drag her physical self away from reality. “Lain (Phone Clone)” presents a chilling moment when Sohn sings,“I don’t want to see everything anymore”. They comment, “I feel like the divide between my inner and outer self can grow so big sometimes that it feels like I’m being eclipsed by this big cringey monster. I wanted to write this to mock the monster and remind myself I’m not powerless against it.”
Watch Miss Grit’s “Lain (Phone Clone)” video
As worded by their press release, across Follow The Cyborg, Miss Grit pursues the path of a non-human machine, as it moves from its helpless origin to awareness and liberation. At times gentle and sparse, at others volatile and explosive, Follow the Cyborg occupies a sonic world of electronic experimentation and stirring electric guitars. It was recorded mostly in solitude in Sohn’s home studio, with the exception of a few guest collaborators such as Warpaint‘s Stella Mozgawa, Momma‘s Aron Kobayashi Ritch and Pearla.
Miss Grit’s impetus to conceive an album about the life of a cyborg stems from their own connection to this way of existing. As a mixed-race, non-binary artist, Sohn has always rejected the limits of identity thrust upon them by the outside world, instead favoring an embrace of a more fluid and complex understanding of the self. In Follow The Cyborg, Sohn subtly and overtly refer to films, including Her, Ex Machina, and Ghost in the Shell, plus essays by Jia Tolentino (from Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion) and Donna Horroway’s A Cyborg Manifesto.
You can pre-order or pre-save Miss Grit’s Follow The Cyborg here.