LANY is back with their 3rd EP, “kinda”. It’s compiled of six summer-ready songs. They have marketed their EP as “the soundtrack to your summer” and they are kinda, sorta, extremely spot on. There are two standout points I want to make that LANY has done extremely well. 1) They are creating a synonymous sound throughout their songs that will help their audience say, “Ahhh, this is a LANY song” just by listening. 2) This EP is telling a story song-by-song if you listen from beginning to end. It makes everything about "kinda" seem structured and well thought out. Here is my analysis on this ‘6 scene’ album story.
The EP starts out with like you lots, an upbeat bop that’s backed with their oh-so-familiar soft, sun-drenched electric tone. The lyrics introduce us to the EP’s timeline of a diminishing relationship, starting with the honeymoon stage.
The next song, yea, babe, no way takes a mellower vibe as we are brought to the confusing and possible end of this relationship (“Everynight I’m wide awake, I almost call you then I’m like no way”).
pink skies is the third song and my personal favorite. If you close your eyes and listen to the song, you are immediately brought to a warm California sunset on the beach. The romantic, reminiscent lyrics invoke the possibility of rekindling a relationship, “We can work it out, you and I are meant to be together. This is how its supposed to feel, I’m in love with how this feels”. You can’t help but melt at those lyrics.
The relationship is hitting a major bump in the road with the girl moving to London in current location. Just when you thought this relationship had potential, they are met with a termination date when they become 5,000 miles apart. The song perfectly hints at the unjust selfishness we all feel in a relationship (“You got the job so now you're leaving, kinda hate that reason. Please don’t get me wrong I want what you want, but how long will you be gone? I need my current location to be your current location, fly back to me.”).
The difficult and confusing relationship seems to be hitting its final stage in the next song quit. Fights and location barriers seem almost unfixable. The whole relationship seems to have been one-sided. The album ends with “WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS”. It is a song purely about loneliness in the technological age. Though this song discusses loneliness in LA specifically, it is not directly reflected on LA itself. It can be about any place for any person. Paul Klein, the singer for LANY, had a great interview with Huffington Post about the meaning behind this song and he discusses the impact Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc have on a persons self-esteem and mood.
The simple yet personal lyrics reflect what we all think or have thought when dealing with relationships or loneliness. It’s an album for the summer but will last much longer than that.
LANY recently released their dates for The Kinda Tour starting at the end of August. Make sure to get your ticket in the city near you because you won’t want to miss them.