LOVER Paints a Portrait of the Modern "Starving" Artist [PREMIERE]

Music has long been a way for artists to cope with their struggles, which, in a twisted ouroboros of fate, often stem from the desire to be a musician or living an artist's lifestyle. Whether it's Lil Nas X sleeping on his sister's apartment floor or 12-year-old 50 Cent selling crack at school, the road to stardom is never easy. Australian artist LOVER captures this sentiment via his latest track "Starving," a sultry, indie-R&B fusion composition that sounds like Bon Iver took a day trip to Harlem.  

"Starving" flows seamlessly from the torpid opening bars through two minutes and 34 seconds of groove that culminates in a tectonic grind of sound. At the start of the track, LOVER introduces the track's drivetrain in a slinky rhythm section championed by boozy drums and viscous bass. Layering in shimmering falsetto and a heat-haze of electric guitar, the song smolders into an extended outro culminating in beautifully constructed, trumpet-adorned anarchy.

On the inspiration behind the song, LOVER elaborated,

"Lyrically I was thinking about music and the struggle in pursuing, not being able to afford groceries - the classic starving artist cliché. The lyric 'I'm starving in front of friends, but they eat anyway' is meant to be a personal aphorism; that even if I'm doing all this artist stuff, my friends and family deep down don't really care - so don't take it too seriously and just have fun with it. I get so stressed and anxious about stuff that in the end no one really cares about, and won't matter."

"Starving," which is co-produced by longtime collaborator Tanssi and Gold Cost trio daste, is the lead single off of LOVER's upcoming debut EP. Watch the music video exclusively below:

Related Articles

Malcom Todd's 'Sweet Boy' Is a Coming of Age Triumph For the Rising Star

Malcom Todd's 'Sweet Boy' Is a Coming of Age Triumph For the Rising Star

April 12, 2024 "Sweet Boy is a reflection of the feelings and inspirations I had in my last year as a teenager. It was a good time."
Author: Alessandra Rincon
Sekou Gives Himself Time to Move on in the Heartbreaking "let go of me slowly"

Sekou Gives Himself Time to Move on in the Heartbreaking "let go of me slowly"

April 12, 2024 "This song was inspired by a time in my life when I was going through something, and I didn't know how to express my feelings about it."
Author: Alessandra Rincon
R&B
Cruza Previews Their Genre and Era-Defying Forthcoming Album 'CRUZAFIED' [Q&A]

Cruza Previews Their Genre and Era-Defying Forthcoming Album 'CRUZAFIED' [Q&A]

April 10, 2024 "When it comes to music and honestly just life, everything is always evolving."
Author: Jazmin Kylene
R&B