The multi-instrumentalist and producer weaves arrangements with a spry hand, poignant soundscapes opening into glowing, juicy beats filled with nervousness/excitement, like standing on the edge of a waterfall while your crush beckons from the jewel-blue pool below. Opener 26‘s thick and bittersweet synths accompany lamentations about time and youth (“26 and rich – how the hell did it come to this?”). Time After Time emerges from a darkened ocean, synths matching beat to create ominous pockets of quiet.
But nowhere does Lauv peer more deeply inside than on Hey Ari, a candid letter to self calling out destructive habits and wantonly heart-on-sleeve behaviour, accompanied only by acoustic guitar.
All 4 Nothing is another luminous win for the young Californian.
All 4 Nothing by Lauv is out now, including on JB-exclusive blue marble vinyl (pictured above) via Virgin.
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