Mitochondria is a concept album that explores inheritance, ecology and genetic memory, and how these elements persist across shifting boundaries and the erosions of time. Mitochondrial DNA is exclusively inherited from mothers, and thus, the songs written for this album illustrate the women who came before me in my family, whose stories, both benign and traumatic, travel as inherited lore.
Originally written as a breakup ballad, “Allergic” explores heartbreak as an allegory to witnessing our weathering planet.
The song, and its lush video directed by notable Indian-American filmmaker Sanjana Sekhar, shares a lesson in reciprocity – that how we treat each other is mirrored in how we treat and interact with nature. The video features Prabhakar acting in two dichotomous roles — one as flourishing abundance and the other, brutal scarcity — begging questions about human relationships to each other and to nature; at a time when understanding our interconnectedness is crucial to our future on Earth.
“It’s deeply personal to us that a song about love & loss has as much to do with climate change as it does an aching heart,” says Gopinath. “At the core of our global crisis is not simply that the earth is warming, but that spiritual and cultural identities have been devastated in the process. Music pulls from personal grief so often, and our relationships are not limited to romantic ones. In “Allergic”, we’re exploring our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to the land all at once, and asking the painful question of what happens when these relationships are broken.”
Lil Idli creates a genuine and powerful sense of urgency and introspection in listeners, as Prabhakar sings, “When you left / no birds sang / I was left to do everything when I was hurtin’.” The band’s sophomore track is a highly provocative, heartbreaking blues ballad, and is performed with an exquisite degree of passion and unbreakable spirit. Lil Idli proves their music is a moving production of emotion– an unwavering commitment to evolve our collective consciousness with introspection, collective love, and resolve.
Lil Idli’s first single off the album, “Little Girl”, is an ode to one’s younger self, a subtle rallying cry to entrust the magic and manifest of your inner child.