LAU’s newest single “We Had Magic” is a perfect piece that showcases why Electro-Pop is so exciting. From the atmospheric percussion to the rumbling pulsing synths, LAU is an obvious student of the 80’s new wave masters while bringing her own spin to it. But it’s the chorus hook that really drives the track home and gives “We Had Magic” it’s aforementioned alchemy; “We could have seen the world, but you don’t love me anymore” hits hard over the hazy virtual dancefloor and leaves the listener with an empty yet nostalgic feeling. Listen below and read our exclusive interview with LAU:
Hi Lau, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello! I’ve been really good thanks, excited about my new release and super busy writing/recording my debut album.
Can you talk to us about your latest single “We Had Magic”?
“We Had Magic” is my second single, from my upcoming debut album which is due later this year. It was produced by Ends 84, a super talented French producer who I’m working with on a few tracks for my album.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I recently went through a painful separation from a long-term partner, who fell in love with a friend of ours. It’s a horrible double-betrayal kinda situation and a very hard thing to deal with. Writing this song was quite hard for me, but it also helped me express what I’ve been going through. The dissapointment and the sadness about it all. I’m glad lots of people are connecting with this song, and despite the sad lyrics, it’s quite an uplifting track, musically speaking.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes, I’m currently planning the video shoot for this song and for my previous single “Stunning”. Things take a little longer nowadays due to the lockdown, but I’ll make it happen eventually.
How was the recording and writing process?
Yan (Ends 84) sent me this beautful uplifting music, and I instantly fell in love with those pulsating synths. I immediately started to write and record vocals for it, and worked on the arrangement in my home studio in London. I love harmonies, so I tend to layer tons of vocals in all my songs. And finally I added the synth lead riff, which I feel was needed as a “hook”. The lyrics came quickly and naturally as they are very honest and personal.
What role does London play in your music?
I’ve been in London 21 years, so it’s my home now. It’s a great city to live in, I’ve met and worked with some incredible people in the music industry along the years, and there are always lots of things to do. I’ve also set up my record label here in London (Aztec Records) with my friend Ariel over 10 years ago, so we’re very connected to this great city.
Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely! My third single will come out at the end of August, and perhaps another single and then the album. I’m super excited about my debut album after writing for other artists for over a decade. I want people to get to know me and my songs, I don’t want to hide anymore.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Tentative release date for the album will be end of 2020 or early 2021 at the latest, and I think I will call it “Let’s Talk About It”, as most songs express what I’ve been through in this last year full of changes and uncertainty.
What else is happening next in LAU’s world?
I have a couple of collaborations that will be released later this year and I’m already starting to plan the live shows, which I’m very excited about. So the plan is to start touring at the end of the year or early 2021. Can’t wait!