Heartbreak is a funny thing. It can either destroy you or it can inspire you to create some of your most personal and vulnerable art. And that is exactly what it has done for LANY. Earlier this year, lead singer Paul Klein went through a pretty public break-up with Dua Lipa and he escaped from the spotlight and worked on himself through the therapeutic exploration of music. Their sophomore record ‘Malibu Nights’ captures that raw intensity, heart break and confusion which we have all been through at one point of our lives. Through the chorus of opener ‘Thick And Thin’ he questions how she could’ve walked away so easily after all they’ve been through. “You say you’re not in love no more but was it really love if you can leave me for something so innocent”. And it’s from there that the album pulls you in with it’s pulsating synth production and groovy guitar riffs. The anthemic drums of ‘Taking Me Back’ embodies that hopelessness you feel when you’re in the state of confusion within heart break. Whilst the groovy synth lead ‘If You See Her’ holds onto the hope that maybe there is a future for them. From there he starts questioning if he wants to feel this way anymore with the simple and beautiful indie pop track ‘I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore’ which is pretty self explanatory. His songwriting is so poetic and beautiful and you can’t help but be so drawn into every line. The crooning melody of ‘Let Me Know’ hears him confessing his devotion in a seductive and vulnerable way. “Let me know if there’s something I can do to fix it. Let me know if you ever change, if you ever change your mind. I can’t promise you that I’ll be waiting but for you, I’ll leave anything behind”.
As they steer towards the end of the 9 track album, ‘Run’ and ‘Valentines Day’ seem a little lost in their aesthetically pleasing productions which are a little average in comparison. Lead single ‘Thru These Tears’ ties up the heartbreak with all the emotions. Beginning with voice synthesisers and basic oozing synths, the production slowly adds in a groovy synth that will have your toes tapping and making you confused whether you want to dance or cry. But halfway through the song they strip it down to a piano with Paul’s vulnerable vocals before building it back up with synths. It’s so unpredictable and would’ve been the perfect closer. However title track ‘Malibu Nights’ strips it all down for a minimalistic and forgettable ballad which is a nice intimate touch but also doesn’t compliment the diverse experimentation we just heard. But overall this record is a stronger and cohesive collection of tracks compared to their debut album which hears them defying heartbreak and making some beautiful and raw moments.