Lydia Ainsworth and a Masked Ghoul Take on Tokyo in New "Cake" Video

The song appears on her forthcoming album 'Sparkles & Debris'
Lydia Ainsworth and a Masked Ghoul Take on Tokyo in New 'Cake' Video
Next month, Toronto singer Lydia Ainsworth is due to drop her new album Sparkles & Debris through Zombie Cat Records, and today, she's previewing the effort with another new single accompanied by a video shot in pre-pandemic Tokyo.

The video for "Cake" arrives via director Takeshi Suga and sees Ainsworth and a spooky masked humanoid running through neon-drenched city streets. Ainsworth edited the colourful clip, which pairs seamlessly with the synth-driven new single.

In a release, Ainsworth explained the song was inspired by Townes Van Zandt, who she had on heavy rotation while on tour in support of her last album.

She wrote:

I began to imagine what it would feel like to be in the shoes of the various women he's often singing about. In particular his song "Loretta," which is one of my favourite songs of all time. I kept thinking about Loretta, feeling a kinship with her as well. I was inspired by his piercing lyric, "She don't cry when I can't stay, 'least not till she's all alone." "Cake" is a song I wrote from Loretta's perspective.

As previously reported, Ainsworth's Sparkles & Debris is set to arrive in full on May 21. Previously, the artist shared the album's title track, "Forever" and "Parade."

Vocals on the album were recorded with engineer/mixer Dajaun Martineau in Toronto, while sessions at the city's Desert Fish and Noble Street studios featured Mark Kelso on drums and Neil Chapman and John Findlay on electric guitar and bass, respectively.

Watch her new video below.