Forget about the snow for a while and have LANY transport you to California in their new album “Malibu Nights.”
LANY is an indie pop trio from Los Angeles consisting of Paul Jason Klein, Charles Leslie "Les" Priest and Jake Clifford Goss. The band’s name is an acronym of their two homes, Los Angeles and New York, aka LANY. Their sophomore album “Malibu Nights” was inspired by lead singer Klein’s split from Dua Lipa, which he called the worst heartbreak of this life. See what we had to say about it below!
THICK AND THIN
“Thick and Thin” is a slow jam about a lover who leaves you after a small mistake, going back on their promise to stay through thick and thin. It’s an extremely relatable song and its catchy beat will have you putting it on repeat.
TAKING ME BACK
This song is a gentle plea to a significant other to take you back after a breakup. Klein croons “If I could, know I would try / Tell me now, tell me how / To change your mind.” The song grabs you in and makes you feel his emotions.
IF YOU SEE HER
This song’s upbeat melody, and surprising horn part, is contrasted with Klein’s request that, if you see her, to tell her that he needs her and still loves her. He acknowledges that he’s not perfect, and neither was she, but they were perfect together.
I DON’T WANNA LOVE YOU ANYMORE
Once you start listening to this song, you won’t be able to stop. The beat is infectious and its lyric structure is perfect. You can’t help but bop along to it. This song is a turning point in the album; he realizes that she’s not coming back and he finally wants to be done with her and their relationship.
(But if you feel like crying, check out a live acoustic version of the song below.)
LET ME KNOW
This song is more relaxed, with a simple trance like vibe. Klein expresses his confusion over her leaving, “I can't understand the reasons why you say you're leaving / 'Cause you were so in love with me yesterday.” He wants to know if there’s anything he can do to fix their relationship because, even after everything, he’s still in love with her.
“Run” stands out from the rest of the album musically and lyrically. It’s a more edgy song in which Klein expresses his strong feelings about his now ex-girlfriend talking to her ex again. He encourages her to run back to the very person she was running away from, as long as she doesn’t hit him up after.
The title of this song is deceiving, because there’s nothing loving about it. It’s a story of trying to move on with someone else, even though he knows that his new girl isn’t as good as his ex. He sings, “I pray you're not / The best that I will ever get.”
THRU THESE TEARS
“Thru These Tears” is a beautiful and brutally honest song about the reality of a breakup. Looking towards the future, he knows he’ll be alright, but right now he can’t even see through his tears. It’s a perfect summary of the complicated end of a relationship, and my favorite song on the album.
The lyrics for this song seem like they were taken straight out a diary. It’s an extremely personal song that focuses more on Klein than his relationship, and a fitting choice to title the entire album as well. He talks about his inner struggles as well as dependence on alcohol. He lays everything on the table, with lines like, “I got way too much time to be this hurt / Somebody help, it's getting worse.”
The music video reflects his complex feelings of being overwhelmed and really embodies the song.
“Malibu Nights” is an album with very personal, but at the same time relatable, lyrics that, combined with LANY’s signature indie pop sound, make it a must listen. The album is out now and available on all major streaming platforms!
By Annelise Hackett