Today’s Song: Take a Honeymoon to France with Lauv’s “Paris in the Rain”

lauv © Jennica Mae
RIYL: The Japanese House, LÉON, gnash, Lostboycrow, Oh Wonder

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San Francisco-born bedroom producer Ari Leff seems to be born straight from a sappy romance movie, yet in the most endearing way possible. With a SoundCloud bio stating, “haha definitely not an existential hopeless romantic,” one can only expect to scroll down his page and find love songs galore — or as his website jests, “lauvsongs.” Each track evokes a feeling off catharsis that resonates deep, and his latest single, “Paris in the Rain,” delivers nothing short of sheer enchantment.

The track opens with a cracking vinyl sound, backing ambient rainfall. Immediately drawn into the song’s intimacy as the finger-snapping rhythm sets in, it is difficult not to find oneself transported to the streets of Paris. The entire atmosphere of the song leaves the listener in a cool, dreamy state. Its minimalism brings forth its magical qualities.

The message is as simple as its sonic approach. The whispered crooning and gentle falsettos express:

Anywhere with you feels right
Anywhere with you feels like
Paris in the rain
Paris in the rain
Watch: “Paris in the Rain” – Lauv


It is hard to believe that this 23-year-old auteur only had intentions of making music for others to release during his time as a music technology student at NYU. Nevertheless, he began to delve into writing and producing original content. After surprisingly seeing the Hype Machine success for his 2014 single, “The Other,” translate to notable Spotify streams, he began to pen compositions for the likes of Demi Lovato and Charli XCX. In the meantime, he silently continued to release a series of singles under his stage name, Lauv (Latvian for his Zodiac sign the lion), garnering some major Spotify-driven attention with his inclusion into their emerging artists program, RISE.

Paris in the Rain - Lauv

Paris in the Rain – Lauv

We don’t need a fancy town
Or bottles that we can’t pronounce
Cause anywhere babe
Is like Paris in the rain
When I’m with you
When I’m with you
Paris in the rain
Paris in the rain

Lauv organizes the series of singles into a Spotify playlist titled, “I met you when I was 18.” Rather than the traditional full-album release, he sequences each new single like his own therapeutic puzzle into the playlist that defines the most recent chapter of his life. His journey of self-discovery and self-definition take the form of his songs, yet he admits that the releases have not been in chronological order according to his own life story. By piecing together each single into one cohesive thread, he is able to figure himself out in the process. The playlist is still incomplete, but the numerous gaps can only mean that there is a ton of new music in store.

With ample experience opening for Ed Sheeran on his Asia leg of the Divide tour, Lauv is well-prepared for his first ever headlining tour, beginning in January. Ushering in the new generation of independent artists who write, record, and produce their own music, he can confidently presume a successful 2018.

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Paris in the Rain - Lauv

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I am a recent graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, where I studied business with a focus on the music industry. Writing for Atwood Magazine has allowed me to highlight the music that is most relevant to my current life situations and to recognize outstanding talent. My musical tastes range anywhere from R&B/pop crossover artists to more soulful throwback sounds, though I choose to write about artists with standout stories, lyrics, and melodies that transcend genre. Favorite artists include Sabrina Claudio, The Internet, Jorja Smith, Kali Uchis, Zak Abel, Tom Misch, and Louis The Child. I am living in Los Angeles, focusing my time on a career in artist management.