He won over our hearts with sugary bops ‘My Space’ and ‘Radio Man’, now LAVRENCE is back with a summery banger to tide us through this arduous autumn, ‘Nightshade’. It’s another taste of LAVRENCE’s proclivity for 80s pop.
“Nightshade is my love letter to the Queer community,” said LAVRENCE. “It takes bravery, resilience and determination to think for yourself and show up in the world authentically – it’s not always safe to do so.”
To celebrate the jubilant, uplifting track, we ask LAVRENCE to send us through the top 5 pop album’s that inspire him. So pop on the track below and see what he had to say.
1. Madonna – Confessions on a Dance Floor.
‘Confessions’ was one of those albums that changed how I viewed pop music and the possibilities within the genre. It had the same effect on me as when I first listened to Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. The album feels like a living, breathing organism. It’s a totally immersive experience, a meditation almost.
2. Britney Spears – Blackout
I’ve always loved pop albums that have grit and darkness to them and I don’t know many that come close to Blackout. I think Blackout is a queer favourite because it came out at a time when the media was tarnishing Britney’s reputation and the general public had turned her into a punch line, however, through that she had this devil-may-care attitude about it, which you can hear in her performance on the album and the choice in production.
3. Robyn – Body Talk
How Robyn’s music manages to sit so perfectly between pop and alternative astounds me. You can hear the Swedish influence on Body Talk in just how infectious and well crafted the melodies are however; they still feel so unique and independent from the mainstream pop-sphere. These are perfect pop songs that got lost in an underground club in Europe.
4. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Born To Die is one of the lushest, visual pop albums I’ve ever listened to. There’s a drama that most pop albums shy away from which Lana pulls off by her sheer reliance on her (clearly honed) artistic perspective and references. This album to me is the musical equivalent of watching a Baz Luhrmann film – so nuanced, singular and idiosyncratic. There’s no wonder the two of them collaborated.
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5. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Born This Way represented a shift in social consciousness. The biggest pop star of the time was a vocal ally, which was huge for the queer community – I just remember feeling represented and more powerful for it. This is pop with purpose. Sonically this album is incredibly detailed – like a Renaissance painting. Gaga merged various genres and references to create her own unique sound and vision which, I believe, re-introduced romanticism and an onus on artistry back into the mainstream pop landscape – reminiscent of the 80s.