lovelytheband Builds an Emotional Rollercoaster on conversations with myself about you
October 7, 2020 | Niyati Parikh
Illustration by Camile Schnaas
About three years after their breakthrough hit Broken, lovelytheband, an indie-pop group consisting of Mitch Collins, Jordan Greenwald, and Sam Price, aim for the charts again with the release of their sophomore album, conversations with myself about you. Hailing from West Hollywood, the three took it upon themselves to go into isolation with nothing but each other and their ideas, and they vowed not to come out until they had a finished product for their fans.
Known for their definitive upbeat songs that contain deeper messages, lovelytheband juxtaposes the eclectic, blast-from-the-past ‘80s techno beats with self-deprecating lyrics. While upon first review the songs may seem like the next upbeat, danceable hits of the summer, the underlying meaning of the lyrics hits where it hurts. This 14-track listing shows just how versatile lovelytheband’s sound truly is.
The title track introduces a dissonance of different voices saying the name of the album slowly and repeatedly to build tension as the song progresses. Due to the many contrasting voices talking at once, it instills a sense of chaos among the blissful backtrack of vocals of lead singer, Collins.
Illustration by Camile Schnaas
The second track, waste, exhibits a synth beat and shows an experimental side of lovelytheband using a saxophone for the first time in their music. The stark contrast of the music and the words is observed in this song as it involves an exhilarating beat along to the lyrics of “Stuck running in place / Maybe all I am’s a waste.”
One of the lead songs on the album, loneliness for love, depicts a situation that is all too familiar for most of us: the idea of being with someone out of loneliness instead of genuine interest. It dives deep into the normalcy of finding it difficult to break a cycle that is inherently bad for us. Attesting to that statement within the bridge are the lyrics, “I say that I will / But I’ll never change / (But I’ll never change) / I’ve been here before / But I’m still the same.” This a clear example of pure juxtaposition with its catchy synth-pop beat when compared to the depreciatory sentiment of the accompanying lyrics. And boy, do they do just that as the following song is fittingly named i hate myself. But hey, that’s what they’re known for, right?
Standing as a personal favorite off the album, idwgtyp is a refreshing change where the upbeat tempo perfectly matches the meaning of the lyrics. Ultimately, it is a song about a relationship that has taken a turn for the worse and knowing that it is time to leave and move on.
The second half of the album, starting with silly and emo, shifts to a more somber tone, ensuring that one does not always have to pretend that everything is fine. Gone are the synth beats and techno cadences, replaced with a simple, stripped guitar and drum backing. Ensuing the interlude are two songs that long for a sense of closure in relationships. love somebody else is a masterpiece with powerful vocals matching equally to an emotional instrumental. It is made perfectly for an indie movie where the main character is driving around aimlessly at 3 a.m.
The finale, your favorite one, is an emotional ballad that strays from their usual iconic music style. The song speaks of a budding romance that slipped away, hoping everything felt during the relationship was real and not a figment of their imagination. This is exemplified in the chorus, “I never wanted to be a mistake if I was / Would I be your favorite one?” The final bridge of the song ends with Collins singing the album’s title, which allows the project to cyclically come together and is the perfect ending to this emotional album.
conversations with myself about you delivers a great range of music and feelings, making it easy to relate to any given song. From start to finish, the musical highs and the lyrical lows flow impeccably as it dives into analyzing past relationships and how they affect us. This album covers emotion with grace, self-deprecating charm, and it has a unique type of musicality that sets lovelytheband apart from any other alternative-pop artists.