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Aug 20, 2019

A Good Reason To Say ‘F*ck’

Generally, pop music takes great care of language. Although lately there some artists and composers have taken many freedoms, because the truth, should not be so important if the things that are said are congruent with what is meant and already. But the industry keeps certain standards since it wants to reach a wider audience and thus increase its sales. Therefore, the curses are a little more on the side of the music of bad boys: rock, punk, rap, and hip-hop among others. Somehow, these rougher styles are aimed at audiences who already know what they are going to hear, while pop is always related to younger people and perhaps very guarded by their parents, so an error in what it is said, is made or shown, can be decisive with the future of the artist or the sales of the song – That's why Lauv's song caught my attention: “f*ck, I'm lonely (with Anne-Marie)”, which with a lot of naturalness and good rhythm, includes the most Satanized 'F' word in the English-speaking world. I don't know why it's something so serious; however, I lived the experience in a job (where English was spoken) in which the simple fact that they heard you say that word was a reason to be fired without the right to defend the point. Either way. I do not know if this is the case everywhere where English is spoken, but the truth is that in Mexico and perhaps throughout the Spanish-speaking world, things are a bit more relaxed with the use of language, which for me is a relief since sometimes I am very foul-mouthed – Anyway, for me, it is quite an enigma what will happen with the song of Lauv and Anne-Marie. The parents of the younger fans of these singers are probably not very happy and as is common around music, there is always a scandal where there isn't. Freedom of expression is a right and the meaning (strong or light) of the words that come from people's mouths, is given by those who hear it. It is the recipients who give it weight or naturally take the words of those who pronounce them – For now, let's watch for reactions to a song that is very good and harmless to me even though I include the ‘F’ word in the main chorus. Or it will be that they simply publish a version with the famous ‘beep’ and fix the matter, which would be pathetic.

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio
May 24, 2019

The Rise and Rise of the Songwriter of Melancholy Tunes, Lauv and All His Sad Love Songs

I just came from the concert of Lauv and I’m still on a natural high! I entered the concert not really a fan, just more of a curious person who heard this guy’s album I met you when I was 18 (the playlist) and decided to catch his show! It helped that I liked his earlier hits – “I Like Me Better”, “I’m So Tired” (with Troye Sivan), and “There’s No Way” (with Julia Michaels). However, almost 90% of the songs he performed tonight, before an adoring Manila audience were from this compilation album – songs which also came from his previous two EPs (Lauv and Lost in the Light). Another reason why I went to the concert was to find out, if I could, the reason for this recent phenomenon in local fandom. These past few years, I have seen the rise of singer-songwriters, mostly male, and mostly good-looking (Paul Klein of LANY, Troye Sivan, and Lauv), who have gained quite a loyal following in the country – so much so that they can sell out concerts – and cause a storm in social media – at least a local one. During Lauv’s concert last night, three of his hashtags (#LauvinManila, #LAUVMANILA2019, and #SadForever) were in the list of the top 10 hashtags of the country at that time period! The music of these guys is what we locally call hugot music – or for lack of a better translation – songs about lost love. So they are not happy love songs, but songs of breakup, songs of loss, songs of letting go and moving on – basically songs about failed relationships and what might have beens! Lauv’s show last night had its fair share of these types of songs which could be the reason it was another sold out show!

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity

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