New Release & Video: Lianne La Havas – Paper Thin

Photo Credit: Hollie Fernando

Following the release of her brand new single ‘Paper Thin’ earlier this month, Lianne La Havas has now unveiled the homemade video for the track.

A moving, sensual song, its intimate simplicity exposes Lianne’s voice at its most delicate and helps set the tone for the album that follows. It’s a track that sums up the honesty flowing from Lianne La Havas, the new album that melds the sweetness of love with the exhaustion of fighting for it. It is completely authentic, born of real experience and true expression.

Take a watch below…

Lianne La Havas, Lianne’s third album and her first in five years, is an album of beauty and insight—made entirely on her own terms which has been quite a journey. In one sense, geographically: La Havas spent a lot of time moving back and forth between the UK and the States working on writing and exploring her own identity. As a result, Lianne La Havas, due July 17th, feels spacious and luminous. Its sunbaked sounds recall, in places, the Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Milton Nascimento (on “Seven Times”). You might also hear the curveball chords of Joni Mitchell and Jaco Pastorious’s jazz explorations (“Green Papaya”), or the puttering drums and inviting warmth of golden-era Al Green (“Read My Mind”). And throughout the record, there’s a sense of empowerment that has its roots in the crisp ‘90s R&B of Destiny’s Child.

Lianne La Havas is ten songs that span the arc of a love relationship. The album’s opener, ‘Bittersweet’ functions as a kind of an overture, setting out what follows, before the giddy, love-struck rush of ‘Read My Mind’. If these first few songs suggest a flower opening its petals, that’s no coincidence: “What plays a big role in the album is the idea of the life cycle of plants and nature—equating this journey with a seasonal thing that blooms, thrives, goes away, and comes back even stronger,” La Havas says.

Over the five years it took for the album to come together, she found herself watching the changing foliage outside her window in south London, struck by how she was growing and changing herself—not always comfortably. “A flower has to dry up and die in order to be reborn,” she says. “You have to get to the rock bottom to rebuild yourself.”

After relentless touring and promoting of her first two albums as well as personal and emotional events in her life, it was becoming increasingly difficult to find time, inspiration and confidence to get back in the studio for a follow up. As it came about, the recording process of album number three began in earnest by accident; returning from a glorious, sunny Glastonbury festival performance in June 2019, La Havas and her core band decided to see if they could nail their lithe live version of Radiohead’s ‘Weird Fishes’ in the studio. “I had the most wonderful, nourishing experience recording that,” she says, “And that’s where I decided: the rest of the album needs to be like this. It’s got to be my band, and I’ve got to do it in London, whenever people have time.” By October, she had all ten songs, and by December, everything was recorded—mainly in London, and also in Bath and New York. In keeping with the album’s intimate feel, everyone who contributed to the record is a trusted collaborator, including long-term songwriting ally Matt Hales, co-producer Beni Giles, and guest co-producer Mura Masa.

Lianne La Havas tracklisting as follows…

  1. Bittersweet
  2. Read My Mind
  3. Green Papaya
  4. Can’t Fight
  5. Paper Thin
  6. Out Of Your Mind (Interlude)
  7. Weird Fishes
  8. Please Don’t Make Me Cry
  9. Seven Times
  10. Courage
  11. Sour Flower

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