LANY “Malibu Lights” Will Have You Looking Back On Old Flames
By Karina Rodriguez
LANY, which stands for “Los Angeles New York,” is an American pop band from Los Angeles formed in 2014. The band consists of lead vocalist Paul Klein, keyboardist Charles Leslie “Les” Priest, and drummer Jake Goss. Klein already had a solo career before LANY, but flew out to meet his friends Priest and Goss in 2014 to collaborate and make music. LANY gained significant interest online a year after it uploaded several songs on SoundCloud. Since 2014, it has made seven albums, the most recent of which is “Malibu Lights.”
“Malibu Lights” was released a year and half after the group’s debut album, “LANY,” and took 45 days to write. It delivers nine pop songs filled with lyrics about love, longing, and loss after a heartbreak. According to an interview with Billboard, “Known best for their dreamy synth-pop melodies, LANY incorporates more guitar, piano, and drums which are new elements that shine brightest on songs like “Let me Know,” “Taking Me Back,” and the intimate, piano-driven title track that closes the album.”
The album opens with the track “Thick and Thin,” filled with journal-entry lyrics as Klein wondering where it all went wrong in his life, singing, “Thought you’d be there through thick and thin.” It is a great opener because it pulls the listener in with the juxtaposition of an upbeat tempo and heartbroken lyrics. During soft melody on “Let me Know,” Klein reveals he wants to fix what a former romantic interest and him had by asking, ““How am I supposed to move on/ Let me know if there’s something I can do to fix it.” The steady tempo of the guitar and keyboards gave off a very soothing effect.
The single “Thru These Tears” ties up all the heartbreak and emotion that is stripped down to piano and vocals. The unpredictable change in synths would have been a great closing track. While “Malibu Lights” does give an intimate touch to the album, it does not compliment the varied experimentation heard throughout the album.
In a Billboard interview, LANY was asked if there is one thing that it wants listeners to take away from their album, and Klein said, “Great songs. I just want to give people a great album with great songs that they want to keep listening over and over again.” Overall, the emotions that came from Klein’s heartbreak were greatly processed into “Malibu Lights” that perfectly register with anyone who has gone through a bad breakup.