Låpsley Returns With Scathing “My Love Was Like The Rain”
Låpsley dropped one of the best albums of 2016, the still-great Long Way Home, and then disappeared into the ether. It turns out, the Brit has spent the last three years living a (so-called) normal life, and she has the emotional scars to prove it. Holly Fletcher (her real name) returns this week with an evocative synth-pop anthem called “My Love Was Like The Rain.” While Joe Brown’s production is blissed-out and ambient, Låpsley’s razor-sharp lyrics make it clear that this is anything but a love song.
“Remember when you said my love was like the rain,” the 23-year-old begins. “Not the sweet sound after the drought, but the pain of it hard on your back in a storm.” The “Operator” hitmaker continues to turn barbed words into armor as the track progresses. “Remember when you said my love was like a rose,” she sings. “Not the sweet bloom, but the pain as it scratches your hand.” That leads to an epiphany of sorts: “So I embodied these elements.” That lyric is particularly significant. So much so, in fact, that Låpsley named her upcoming EP after it.
These Elements (due November 22) is a musical diary of sorts. “Emotional love, physical desire, depression and self-worth,” Låpsley explains. “Everything I’ve gone through in the last four years is in these four songs.” If “My Love Was Like The Rain” is any indication, it’s going to be great. Watch the suitably atmospheric video, which was directed by Camille Summers-Valli, below.
Låpsley’s These Elements EP tracklist:
1. My Love Was Like The Rain
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