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The next chapter has arrived for LAUV. The pop singer-songwriter followed the smash success of “I Like Me Better” with a 2018 playlist, I met you when I was 18, and his 2020 debut album, ~how I’m feeling~. Now, he’s returned today, August 5th, with All 4 Nothing, an album he describes as a record about “surrendering to love and life.”
From the previously-released album opener “26,” which the artist reveals to be the place where he shares the “why” behind the album, to the closer of “First Grade,” LAUV’s pop sensibilities and catchy melodies are on full display.
According to LAUV, now that the album is here, there’s still plenty for fans to look forward to. “I’m really excited for my tour,” he tells Consequence. “It’s going to be very, very lit, and more dates are coming soon!” (Grab tix to see LAUV live here.)
Here, he breaks down All 4 Nothing track by track, sharing details behind each song on the record and vignettes into his songwriting process. “I hope listeners take away something genuine,” he says of the LP.
Listen to All 4 Nothing and check out the full breakdown below.
“26” established the ‘why’ I made this album and the struggles I was going through, so I wanted to put it out first to give some context.
This came out in the moment. There wasn’t really a specific mood I was channeling, but the song is about being anxious and wanting to fall in love but knowing that it’s fallen apart so many times and being like, “Am I going to ruin this again? Please save me.”
“Kids Are Born Stars”:
“Kids Are Born Stars” was inspired by some inner child meditation work I was doing, and I was envisioning myself in 8th grade. I was inspired to write a song about that time in my life. It has a really fun vibe.
“Molly in Mexico”:
This is very much a fun driving vibe song which was unexpected. I’ve done a lot of slower, mid-tempo songs that are more emotional and softer but this album has a lot of energy while still having the emotion as well.
“All 4 Nothing”:
“All 4 Nothing” is about the point when you’re falling in love with somebody and you’re thinking, “Wow, we’re going through so much and I’m so in love and if this falls apart, all the struggles that we’ve faced to get here will be for nothing and let’s hold onto this.”
This was a fun one because I started it and then reworked it with John Cunningham by adding some extra beats and vibes. This song is about reminiscing on an old relationship and thinking about how you’re in a much better place — whether it’s true or not — than if you had gone down that path of the relationship.
“Summer Nights” was a super fun one to make because I was listening to a lot of dance music — a lot of Disc and Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa was on repeat. I heard this beat from my friend Yakob and he co-produced it with Guy (Lawrence) from Disclosure and I was obsessed with it. The chorus fell out of me super quickly and we wrote the song in under an hour. It’s just vibes — also about reminiscing about a time when love was simpler and before it got complicated.
“Time After Time”:
This is a super dark song. It’s about going back to a toxic situation — whether it’s a person or something you’re relying on that’s not good for you. You know you could effortlessly go back over and over because it feels so good, but you also know it’s bad for you.
“Hey Ari” is a super personal song. I wrote it as a letter to myself, just checking in after some of these songs that come before it (“Summer Nights,” “Time After Time”) and all of that energy. This song is a sobering moment. It’s about asking yourself, “Am I good? Am I losing control here?”
“Better Than This”:
This was written freestyled on the mic which is why all the melodies do all the twists and turns. I also love the dual use of “better than this” in the chorus — using it in two different contexts for me and you as I could be a better partner and you could probably find someone better than me.
“Bad Trip” is my favorite song on the album. I love this. It’s based on a true story about feeling really separate from the person you love when you’re going through a difficult time… or in my specific experience, a bad trip.
“I (Don’t) Have A Problem”:
This one was built on the same sonic themes and vibe as “Bad Trip.” John Cunningham on the production just killed it. I sequenced it this way because it’s the journey of the innocent beginnings, establishing some of the themes like the love songs and looking back, nostalgic songs and then you’ve got the “losing yourself” and sobering moments right before you get to the light at the end of the tunnel, which is “First Grade.”
“First Grade” is the light at the end of the tunnel. I always thought it’d start or end the album but once I had “26,” I knew “26” would start it and “First Grade” would end it and return to innocence. The song is about seeing somebody as they struggle to relate to be themselves in certain moments but you see how bright they shine.