Lizzie No's 'Halfsies' is like an epic role-playing video game : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast The Nashville-based musician modeled her latest album as a video game journey, complete with a character named Miss Freedomland.

Lizzie No's 'Halfsies' is like an epic role-playing video game

Lizzie No on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Sleeping in the Next Room"
  • "Lagunita"
  • "Memphis in the Morning"
  • "Babylon"

I was immediately intrigued when I heard singer-songwriter Lizzie No call her latest album a video game. As someone who grew up playing Final Fantasy and other role-playing games, I thought an album presented as an epic journey filled with leveling up and finding allies was right up my alley.

In this session, No joins me to talk about that album, Halfsies; the player character who sets off on this adventure named "Miss Freedomland"; and why No considers the album a video game.

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No also talks about being saddled by genre labels that didn't reflect the music she makes and how Beyoncé inspired her to break away from that mold.

Also, just a head's up: This interview covers a lot of ground, including a discussion about abuse and trauma.

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Stephen Kallao. The web story was created by Miguel Perez. Our senior producer is Kimberly Junod and our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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