21-year-old Filipina phenom Laica, releases two dreamy anti-pop singles “childish” and “sanctuary”.
Oh Laica, how I love you. Today’s releases are charming R&B infused pop songs, the first about choosing yourself over hypocritical boys, “childish” is a bold, hard-hitting piece of anti-pop addressing a relationship gone wrong. The second, “sanctuary”, is a dream state to hold onto through the more difficult times in life, an airy, upbeat tune that explores the blissful aspects of introversion.
Once again, Laica impresses us. Both tracks are laced with gorgeous production that compliments her smooth unique tone perfectly. “childish” immediately draws me in with her breathy, blissful melodies riding over a bass heavy beat. Her echos throughout this track make me feel alive. I really love her style and voice, it’s pushing mainstream pop to the side for a second and giving us something to really bite our teeth into. Her vocals are always a superstar moment.
Both singles are released ahead of her thematically dense debut album promised for later this year, I’m So Fine At Being Lonely, off of which we have already heard the absolute banger that is “love u lately” and “out of touch”. Created entirely alongside producer/writer/visual artist Cooper Leith, ISFABL is packed with glowing production, jaw-dropping harmonies, and thoughtful songwriting; it plays like a narrative front-to-back, and feels bound to resonate deeply.
“It’s about a relationship. One person realizes they want to keep growing as a person and leave the other person who is and remains “childish” behind. Through this project, I wish for people to believe in the idea of never giving up on yourself, and that choosing the things that make you happy holds the utmost importance” — Laica.
Stream “childish” and “sanctuary” below:
Photo Credit: cooper leith