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Snail Mail on Making ‘Valentine,’ Grappling with Fame, and Loving Drake

After Lindsey Jordan launched Lush—the debut album of her indie-rock solo challenge Snail Mail—in 2018, part of her wasn’t positive that she’d have the ability to write songs once more. However that modified at first of the pandemic when she discovered herself in isolation. “I found that I had loads of ache inside me that I needed to get out,” Jordan tells ELLE.com over Zoom from her East Village house, the place she’s lived for the previous three years.

The truth was that the breakout success of Lush—which Jordan wrote when she was simply 17—and a three-year jaunt on tour left her “completely fried.” Now 22, she discovered herself reflecting on how coming of age as a younger rock star affected her—and the way it left her “misguided” in regards to the world. “There was simply no time for self-actualization,” she says. She doesn’t even acknowledge who she was earlier than. “I can’t consider one factor about my character that’s the identical because it was, actually.”

When the pandemic occurred and tour ended, Jordan wanted to press pause. “I used to be actually not engaged on shit,” she remembers. She discovered solace in jigsaw puzzles, studying books,

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