In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Shelter” – Lakna
How We Found It
21-year-old Swiss musician, Lakna, dropped into our Submithub inbox to bring us into the “Shelter”. Being the lead single off her debut EP Patchwork, Lakna is building a roster of songs that will help piece together her world.
Why We Like It
After a break-up, one is normally down and out, but with Lakna’s “Shelter”, you’ll be dancing your way onto greater roads. In the video, Lakna is sunbathing and swinging on higher clouds after leaving her toxic relationship. She’s done compromising and I have to groove along with her. The backing track to Lakna’s new attitude brings some 80s synths perfectly smoothing out the beat built with the drums and guitar. “Shelter” easily brings you into a space that turns whatever room you’re in into a dance floor.
Lakna’s delivery displays her nonchalant attitude in the singing as well. I love her laissez-faire approach to vocals. Lakna is letting things take the appropriate and natural course after the break-up, rather than forcing things to move forward. The mixing of English and French adds to her delivery and brings a unique bilingual texture that feels under-represented in pop music.
To me, the song is about celebration and happiness. A big “f*** you” to the ex that restricted your individuality and now Lakna is casting off the shackles with you.“Now I don’t care. You can go back to your mum.” A simple yet key line that signifies how little it means to you so you can be in that better place. Ultimately, it’s the expression of freedom you’ve found and a piece of peace that hasn’t been felt since before the last relationship.
From The Artist
It’s the cry of a heartbroken woman. She realizes that she won’t ever get back to that situation because she found shelter (music in that case) which serves as an unbreakable shield somehow. The idea here is to state that we can overcome hard times just like I did through this piece of music.” – Lakna for CentralSauce
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