The Universe is currently taking turns playing with different parts of my life. As if existing wasn’t hard enough, this past week decided to be extra emotional and completely unnecessary in how complicated every day turned out. I came here to have a good time, and honestly, I am feeling so attacked right now. I guess if we must find the silver lining, I should mention that I discovered a new artist this past week.
Well, no- I didn’t so much discover her, as it was that my friend Alex who discovered and brought her into my life. LP feels like magic. How have I gone this long without hearing her music?
Her new album has made its way into my life and suddenly my life feels so much better with her influence surrounding it.
Heart to Mouth entered my life at the perfect time. I wasn’t ready for my shitty week to quickly turn around when I decided to shuffle through the album and yet, about halfway through I found myself in our bathroom at work trying to quickly wipe away my tears. They were tears of relief. Here it was, proof in the form of twelve extraordinary songs that I am not alone. Here I was feeling absolutely lost and within a few songs I was reminded of just how magical life can be. Sure, I sometimes feel broken and often I could swear that no one can understand me but LP is living proof that we are all feeling too much at the same time. Heart to Mouth is a beautiful declaration of life and it deserves to be heard.
LP’s vocals are what first stand out in the album; she belts, swoons, finds the melody within the passion and forces you to feel every word that she is singing. She makes an art of pairing flawless vocals with heart wrenching vocals and the opening track, “Dreamcatcher” is a perfect example of that.
Heart to Mouth is a labor of love. LP has molded an eclectic sound and the push on the boundaries of pop music truly pays off. You can hear the latin influences in “House On Fire”. If anybody is in need of an anthem to play at the climax of a Romantic Comedy then, “Die For Your Love” is just the song for you. With the heavy drums and the shouting chorus, it feels like the perfect song to declare your love to.
“Shaken” gives me “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn vibes. This song plays with your senses; it tricks your body into dancing in your seat while the lyrics slowly break open your heart. Which truly, is my favorite kind of song. I live for dancing away the pain and this song is the perfect anthem for the heartache.
She looks at you
Like I used to
And I’m just sittin’ in the corner
I thought only I
Would get that smile
Now I’m just watchin’ from the corner
In case I didn’t make it clear at the beginning of this post, I would like to reiterate that I have had a ROUGH week. Many tears shed, many moments of second-guessing, many times I wish I could crawl into bed and watch FRIENDS. LP’s song “Recovery” crashed into my life at the perfect time. I had to replay the song twice before I actually realized what it was about; her gentle and flawless vocals kept my attention until I decided to look up the lyrics.
Can’t you see I’m in recovery?
Just let it be, I’m in recovery (ooh)
I know you wanna say you’re sorry
But I don’t wanna hear that story
I don’t wanna be your fool anymore
Can’t you see I’m in recovery?
This may be why I find myself connecting with LP and her music so deeply; it’s in the vulnerability. This album feels personal and genuine, the lyrics feel like handwritten notes in her diary and suddenly I want to find whoever hurt LP and give them a strong talking-to. Heart to Mouth feels perfect. It has captured the feelings that I have struggled to reconcile these last couple of days and it has reminded me of how okay it is to feel a little broken sometimes. Heart to Mouth feels like the kind of art you feel too scared to stand close to for fear of ruining it. Please do yourself a favor and look up LP immediately, I promise your life will be better for having experienced her music.