Lace Curtains have one album to their name, but that’s about to change with the upcoming A Signed Piece of Paper. To build excitement for the new disk, the Michael Coomer-fronted band have unveiled the Notorious B.I.G.-alluding “Wilshire and Fairfax”. Named after the intersection where Christopher Wallace was slain, the song focuses primarily on death and how the living cope with its imminent arrival. “I’m not trying to give advice to anyone who’s already died / I just wanna know what’s heaven like,” Coomer inquires during the chorus. “Ready to die / outline in chalk,” he sings later, referencing Biggie’s career-defining masterpiece. Over a delicate, deliberate instrumental, Coomer sounds right at home, whether pondering what’s next or the popularity of pigeons. Instead of appropriating one of hip-hop’s most altering historical moments for cheap gain, Lace Curtains are questioning life’s fleeting nature and if heaven is really worth all of this. They don’t assume to know the answer because it’s impossible to know. At least until it’s too late.
A Signed Piece of Paper is out 28 October via Female Fantasy.