The charming and lovely country singer, Nashvillian (by way of South Carolina) Nikki Lane was pleasantly surprised by the displacement she experienced after arriving at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. As the third Warby Parker x Standard Sounds Artist-in-Residence she was sent to write and record two songs at the hotel, where she was inspired by, "the perfect weather, fire pits, and cute bartenders."
Maybe not inspired so much as challenged by the charmed setting, which made it a touch difficult to write about emotional hardship. But she persevered, and laid down two wonderful tracks: "Broke Dreams" and "Lay You Down."
“Retreat is the key to creativity; it just got me in the headspace that allowed me to write,” she told Warby Parker. Nikki love, that is what we're here for.
About the Residency: Legendary film music supervisor Randall Poster (who soundtracked, just to name a few, Kids, Rushmore, Velvet Goldmine, 200 Cigarettes, The Thomas Crowne Affair, Boys Don’t Cry, Zoolander, The Royal Tenenbaums, Somethings Gotta Give, The Aviator, The Squid and the Whale, Lost, The Darjeeling Limited, The Hangover, Moonrise Kingdom, Boardwalk Empire, Spring Breakers, and Skyfall) and the mastermind behind Standard Sounds in the East Village, Annie Ohayon, have selected six artists to spend a week at each of the properties and compose two original songs a piece. The artists, whose work will be packaged in a limited-edition LP just in time for Xmas, include Sophie Auster, Nikki Lane, Teddy Thompson, Cillie Barnes, Goldspot’s Sidd Kholsa, and one other, very special surprise.
Photos: Alden Wallace