Lava La Rue Takes Us To The Desert For An Acid-Washed Vision Quest In "Angel" Video

Lava La Rue Takes Us To The Desert For An Acid-Washed Vision Quest In "Angel" Video

November 12, 2020

Lava La Rue has just dropped her new single, "Angel", featuring LA-based artist Deb Never, and with it some colourful and mystic visuals from Greedy Goons. A mélange of pop, R&B and a hint of psychedelic rock, "Angel" features a catchy hook infused with sultry chords, combining West London R&B with West Coast acid rock and topping it off with some '80s synth-pop nonchalance in the vocals.

"Angel" explores the stupefying nature of the beginning of a relationship; soaked in excitement, but with an edge of cautious scepticism. Deb Never adds a hazy yet intimate verse to "Angel", slipping into the steamy synthesisers and guitar strings of the instrumental from Foster The People's Isom Innis.

Written in between London and LA, La Rue explains the song came together just before lockdown came into effect: "We made the whole song from scratch in a day. [Inisis] a wizard on the synth and I was jamming on guitar. Lyrically, I started writing about this girl I was falling for and realised how most contemporary queer pop songs have quite a 2010s sound to it and I'd love to make a queer love song that had a '80s psychedelic pop formula to it — and bring that into the 2020s. So I started rapping on the intro all Talking Heads style. It was fun. Then the second time I came to LA to finish little touches on the song, I got super close with Deb Never, lockdown happened and then she moved to two minutes from me in West London to finish her project and we started having hilarious adventures together. So it all organically clicked together for her to hop on the song as a feature, too."

Lava La Rue's upcoming Butter-Fly EP is due to drop in January 2021. Dive deep into the pleasant unknown below.

Words: Ian Opolot