LOVER shares the first single from his upcoming debut EP.
It’s pretty hard to hate LOVER as of late. After the Australian artist shared out his summer jam “Best Side” late last year he’s back again with a new song, “Starving,” and a Jaye Mol-directed video to go along with it. Co-produced by frequent collaborators daste and Tanssi, the song features a wide range of instruments and sounds all working together to create a simultaneously relaxing and engaging vibe, something the music video also conveys beautifully by showing a tranquil LOVER in the same spot as the background changes.
Speaking a bit on the track, LOVER, whose real name is Oliver Kirby, shared some of his inspiration and background: “I was in Queensland for a show and I got a chance to link up with daste at their home studio. It was the first time we met so we hung out and listened to different tracks and they had a really strong instrumental idea, so we began to put down guitar and vocal riffs. I took the idea home with me and showed Tanssi who changed up the drums and took the soundscape into an indie/R&B world. At the same time, the daste boys got their friend Andrew Hodges (of Donny Love) to record the trumpet line you hear at the end of the track and we put together the finale jam outro. It was a really fun, organic process musically.”
“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.”
You can find “Starving” from LOVER on our Tasty! Jams playlists.