Quote Club: Australian song-smith LOVER releases beguiling new single ‘Starving’, an indie-R&B tour de force. Co-produced by Tanssi and daste, a deeply personal narrative is clothed in warm, organic sounds. Sumptuous drums collide with expansive instrumentation, providing a lush bed for LOVER’s smooth vocal.
“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.’ – LOVER