Congrats are in order for San Francisco synth pop artist Debbie Neigher who now goes by the monkier Lapel. Today she drops her debut album Periphery featuring the single “Less of a Woman.” The single alone was previously chosen by Harvard MBA grad and feminist musician Madame Gandhi (The Fader, Billboard, Vogue) for her weekly Spotify playlist, “The Future is Female.”
This is a new venture for Lapel. “With Lapel, it finally feels like I’m making the music I’m supposed to make,” Neigher says. “It feels exciting and genuine to me. On this record, I really wanted to rip the rug out on everything I’ve done — I wanted a new name and a new sound. This is me finally stepping out and saying, ‘This is who I am and what I’m about.’”
Neigher needed a new name for herself and for this, we can thank author and actress Margaret Trudeau’s 1977 interview in which she is quoted saying, “I want to be more than a rose in my husband’s lapel.” This rang a bell with Neigher: “I love that quote. It’s about feminism. It’s about not wanting to be defined by someone else. Trudeau went on to have a significant impact as a mental-health advocate, too. She was an incredible woman.”
New name. New album. New feels for the listener.
Periphery is out now. Have a listen and tell us what you think!