Dirty Hit signees The 1975 and Pale Waves bring their beautifully unique take on pop to Arena Birmingham, Nina Avitabile reviewsWritten by Nina Avitabile on 18th February 2019
Single Review: LANY – ILSYB
Beth Moody praises a lighthearted take on unrequited love turned psychotic from alt-pop act LANY
LANY’s effortless vibe complements the playful tone of ‘ILYSB’, the title of which is an acronym for ‘I love you so bad’. The song features lighthearted lyrics such as ‘You need to know / That I’m hella obsessed with your face’, immersing the listener into a daydream-like state. The dulcet melody and soft sound of ‘ILYSB’, together with the dreamy vibe, create a sick-in-love theme. Despite the obsessive lyrics, upon first hearing the song there is an impression of young, new, innocent love. However, through his direction of the music video, Klein twists this: he says, “I had an opportunity to flip the script, to beautifully blindside the fan and the critic. I turned ‘ILYSB’ into a tragedy of unhealthy obsession and unrequited love that ultimately led to psychotic behaviour and total derailment.’ In the video Klein frantically rocks and smashes items with a baseball bat as he repeats the line ‘Oh my heart hurts so good / I love you babe so bad.’ The steady beat, tidal synthesiser and minimalistic rhythm is the perfect accompaniment to Klein’s endearing tone and impassioned lyrics. With ‘ILYSB’, LANY prove that sometimes, less definitely is more.