For singer Love Femme, the band Amo Amo -- whose new single "Antidote" is premiering exclusively below -- was a case of wanting to meet her heroes. And not being disappointed.
Femme, a session musician herself, was a fan of her four bandmates' previous group, the Mother Tongues. "I used to just go watch them and dance for hours," she tells Billboard. There was talk about her singing on some of their recordings, but that never transpired until the Mother Tongues was in the studio with My Morning Jacket's Jim James during 2017 and Femme "just showed up" after taking part in a video shoot. "I came in with my backpack and just started singing with them and ended up staying there for five hours," Femme says. "Omar (Velasco) wanted me to join. Jim thought it would be cool. I didn't know exactly what I was going to do; They thought I would show up and maybe play the triangle or sing some backgrounds or play some guitar, but I ended up being pretty central to the writing process of this album."
"Antidote," which Femme says is "about connecting your body to your mind through movement," was a case in point. Velasco showed Femme his lyrics, which inspired the song’s chill, fluid groove and melody. "He's a really active person," Femme says. "I think we all are. We all go on a lot of nature hikes and love to swim in rivers and go out to the ocean. (Velasco) found that in our modern age we sit inside a lot, and when the body is dormant he feels like his brain starts to atrophy and his antidote to that is to wake his body up. So he dances or gets moving to bring him back down to inside his body instead of in the celestial realm or wherever your mind can wander when you're sitting inside for too long."