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LANY’S lead singer Paul Klein says, “i hope i live forever. but if i died tomorrow, i’d wanna be remembered for writing these 9 songs. ‘malibu nights’ is officially out for the entire world. i love you x”
After the success of their gorgeous debut album, LANY, last year, Malibu Nights feels shorter (only 8 songs) and even more poetic. Many of the lyrics are melancholy but in a somewhat cathartic and insightful way. “Let Me Know” is an ode to love that makes you drop everything and always say yes. Klein croons, “let me know if there’s something I can do to fix it, let me know if you ever change your mind, I can promise you I’ll be waiting.” While “Run” portrays the often dark place people end up in after a breakup accompanied by a slight hip-hop back-beat (something different than we’re used to hearing from the pop-centric band.)
“Valentine’s Day”, “Malibu Nights”, and “Thru These Tears” were absolutely fueled by real heartbreak Klein experienced at the end of last year and at the beginning of 2018. Each record pulls at the heartstrings through never ending lyrical soundscapes that echo in your head for days to come. On writing the album, Klein says, “I lifted my head up for the first time in 50 days and I was like, ‘Holy sh*t, we just wrote album two…I think that morning I woke up and my heart for the first time didn’t hurt worse than it did the day before.”
If you’ve never heard of LANY before and want to know what kind of music they are pumping out into the world…it’s this.
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If you’re already a Troye Sivan fan then you’ve probably heard most of Bloom already; the explosive “My My My”, romantic “Bloom”, and the retro fun “Dance To This” featuring pop queen Ms. Ariana Grande.
This 10-track album packs a full punch, right to the heart and soul. “Seventeen” explores young love and naivety in Sivan’s classic pop production, while the piano-led “Postcard” explores a hardship in a loving relationship. Sivan wanted to make a full-blown love album, so that’s what he did. He told the New York Post, “While I was writing the album, I was experiencing love in a way that I’d never experienced it before. I wanted to write, like, a love album.”
Charming melodies line “Plum” in a “good things eventually go bad type of way”. Relating love to a fruit, he gently sings, “Maybe our time has come, maybe we’re overgrown, even the sweetest plum, has only got so long.”
I’d like to say one track stands out among the rest, but that’d be a lie. Each one contains so much beauty and honesty – I think they all deserve their own spotlight. A short and sweet album to match love and all its many elements.
USA Today says, “‘Bloom’ may be the best pop album of 2018.”