Lava La Rue Celebrates 'Butter-Fly' Release With "Magpie" Video

Lava La Rue Celebrates 'Butter-Fly' Release With "Magpie" Video

February 22, 2021

Late last year, West London's Lava La Rue took us back to the 1980s with her acid washed, new wave hybrid "Angel". Along with the track's psychedelic visuals, we also got news that an EP called Butter-Fly would be forthcoming — and she's now made good on that promise. The EP itself is a swirling vortex of sounds that shaped her, from R&B and pop to rap, jazz and rock.

Not only that, but she's also dropped off the visuals for opening track, "Magpie". Kicking the EP off with a bang, it sets fast-talking bars on the verses clash against some almost ethereal singing on the hook. Production-wise it's not unlike the maximalist orchestral approach of someone like The Avalanches, packed with detail and subtle little flourishes.

Speaking on the visuals, directed by Milo Blake, Lava describes the surreal scene as "a personification of London's subcultural history timeline and many ways British Caribbean sound system culture, UK black punk, NH carnival, 2000s grime and more would influence both my local area and the whole British contemporary music scene we know today."

Words: James Keith
Photography: Ellius Grace