Lava La Rue: Butter-fly

Lava La Rue embraces self-worth, identity and the positives of life in their latest EP, BUTTER-FLY.

22-year old Lava La Rue, real name Ava Laurel, has been known for dabbling with lo-fi hip-hop and experimenting with political statements.

At first, with their loved-up lyrics and psychedelic pop tracks, ‘Butter-Fly’ might make it look like Laurel has turned a page. But they haven’t. Not really.

Speaking to NME, Laurel explained that, ‘Butter-Fly’ was made in a "transitional period" where they felt like [they] had "cut off all the negative things in [their] life.”

Nevertheless, this bubblier and more positive Lava La Rue hasn’t lost their desire to bring political issues to light.

For the genderqueer musician, love is political. In the same NME interview, they talked about how “queer love is inherently political” and ”extremely underrepresented across all genres.” On Butter-Fly, Laurel has created a wholesome and warm collection of five tracks that encapsulate the beauty of queer love for them.

The EP boldly opens with ‘Magpie’, which appears to take us through an entire night out in London in just three and a half minutes. The trippy, psychedelic beat imitates the adrenaline rush you might get when crossing a stacked road in Shoreditch and having a car beat at you as you make your way to an event.

Lyrics like the opening line "why can’t you just sit right next to me?" feel like the innocent cries of your average hopeless romantic, until you realise this is a feminine non-binary person pining for a woman.

With references to Carbon Boys and a name-drop of fellow Londoner, L!BAAN, who is also renowned for his raps about the political and social climate of London, Laurel paradoxically implies that this isn’t the place for her.

Arguably the strongest offering of the five, Angel’ features the forever-rising talent of Deb Never. The pair’s soft, affectionate voices combine magically to discuss the human anxieties of the almost in a relationship phase.

Dramatic remarks like 'you sweet and cold like Häagen-Dazs', over the classic RnB-influenced tune, will resonate with everybody who has longed for someone that they’re worried might not be that into them. This song leaves you with the feeling it all works out in the end though.

Wittily named ‘Goofy Hearts Club’ is about the sort of love that just ain’t by the book. In this track, Laurel proudly sings about how theirs and their lover’s love is different to everyone else’s.

Laurel encourages their lover - who is really us, the listener - to ignore everybody else who may think that their love is wrong and stare. A sadly obvious anecdote about the reality of living queer, but Laurel manages to twist it positively.

Penultimate track, ‘G.O.Y.D’, features Clairo for an intimate duet. The track’s name stands for girls of your dreams and acts as a reference to Clairo’s 2018 track, ‘B.O.M.D’ - boy of my dreams.

The flirty title, suggestive lyrics and sensual rhythm combined with the soft vocals make this number come across as an almost coming-of-age track for the young LGBT+ community.

Laurel finalises the EP with the dazed ‘Lift You Up’, which has the daydreamy vocals of Karma Kid on the chorus. The closing track is almost Laurel’s ode to themselves. Proudly rapping about how misogyny hasn’t stopped them and that the world is their lavatown, Laurel leaves us feeling secure in the fact this is only the beginning of Lava La Rue.

Totalling to just over 19 minutes, this sweet serving of Lava La Rue will give anybody a feel good buzz. Their confidence in identity radiates from the songs and finds its way into the listener.

Butter-Fly is definitely worth a listen and Lava La Rue is only just getting started.


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