In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form 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.
“seventeen minutes” — Louisa Laos Ft. inHarmony
How We Found It
German songstress Louisa Laos slid into our SubmitHub inbox with a specific song about toils of a long-distance relationship that was tough to deny. Producer inHarmony sent her the backing track a couple of months ago and Laos instantly connected with the flow and the sound. She then wrote the lyrics and melody with ease. A personal piece always has more potential to cut through and this track proves that theory two-fold.
Why We Like It
I’m here. You and me in this bed. Don’t you get out, cuz this feels like home right now.”
Holding on to final moments in a long-distance relationship link-up can be particularly tough. There is a distinct tonal difference to the yearning of wanting to stay rather than wanting to gain access. Dare I say it feels even a bit more desperate and defeated. Louisa Laos on her latest single “seventeen minutes” featuring producer inHarmony holds to the core of the expression in her delivery.
The song’s title is a reflection of how long she has before she has to rush to catch a train back to where she has to be. What Laos does well on this, other than the buttery feel of her melodies, is zone in on what this conundrum truly feels like. It’s presented as a bit of pleading with her partner to make it so this moment does not have to be repeated for long. She zeroes in on how good uninhibited togetherness would feel. She exudes this so wholeheartedly through her vocals one can only assume her partner’s circumstance is the one that’s keeping the distance intact. It’s a conflicting position to be in to know a lover has a good reason to be so far away while still wanting them to find a way to end that circumstance for your own happiness. Self-fulfilling urges tied to love and lust in the context of a countdown provide the perfect space here for a song to flourish.
There are two vocal tactics that Laos uses that seal the deal for the song being a necessary repeat listen. The first is while she is still with her lover in the second verse when she lifts to her head voice in an almost siren-like fashion to grab his soul and wrap it around hers. The second is when she has left and is waiting for the train and uses the impending gloom to tell herself she and they can power through. The way she sings this part makes it feel like she is singing a text to her partner that’s filled with committed words but also clever guilting. She knows they will read her words and know this can’t take too much longer. Laos shows the full breadth of the push and pull of this seventeen-minute period in a condensed space of three and a half minutes where you feel like not one detail is missing.
From Louisa Laos
Every now and then I come to visit my boyfriend in his town for a couple of days. Since we are in a long-distance relationship, there always comes a time when we have to say goodbye, not knowing when we will see each other again. The song talks about these 17 minutes before I need to catch my train to get back to my hometown. So the story starts in my boyfriend’s bedroom. We’re lying in bed, trying to hold on to every last minute that we still have together. Every hook is like a countdown. First, it starts with 17 minutes, then 7 more minutes and lastly 2 more minutes until the train leaves. I tried to capture the emotions that I have when I leave his place. It hurts at first, wishing that we had more time together. After the first hook, I talk about the acceptance stage, where I pack my bags and I am hopeful for the future. I start to believe that we can make it since we have been in this relationship for many years now. We have gone through so many highs and lows, that I believe that we can get through anything. Leaving someone you love is painful and can be heartbreaking at first, but if you trust each other, then your bond is stronger than the distance between you.”- Louisa Laos for CentralSauce
More From Louisa Laos
Laos only has three other solo tracks released in “No Love,” “Atlantis,” and “Lights” but they are all equally worth a listen if you like what you heard here. Also, be sure to follow Laos on Instagram for any and all future updates.
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