Just a few months ago we were treated to a very nice debut single called ‘Eagle To The Prey’ which came from an Australian artist who goes by the name LOVER, and he’s coming back to us this week with another exciting new single called ‘Best Side’, which he is releasing via Mammal Sounds Records.
‘Best Side’ was written, recorded, mixed and mastered within the walls of LOVER’s Greenvale House with some help from his flatties Tanssi and Oh Boy. The result was a bright, warm and summery treat that was written with the intention of trying to capture a specific moment in time…
“The beat was originally titled ‘sunset’ and we wanted to capture the atmosphere of that time of day. The track came together pretty quickly and we did our best to finish it before we left for Los Angeles. We were cutting it pretty fine but somehow Tanssi managed to finish the master an hour before his flight.” – LOVER
Instrumentally ‘Best Side’ has a bittersweet feel and Kirby really wanted to contrast this with a positive story and meaningful lyrics.
“The night before writing this track we had some friends over for a few drinks and one of them got really drunk, falling over and all of the usual stuff. She felt really guilty about it and was messaging me a lot saying that she was sorry and never drinking again etc etc.
I think a lot of people have this expectation that they have to be perfect all the time. I wanted to express that a good friend accepts your mistakes. Whatever they may do, the best parts of them will outshine the less glamorous ones.” – LOVER
Kirby credits this positive philosophy to artists like Rex Orange County, who he admires immensely and draws lots of inspiration from. Best Side helped him think outside his comfort zone and continue to explore new areas of his sound.
“I like the way artists like Rex Orange County can say the most heart on your sleeve things without fear of being seen as uncool. I wanted to write like that – I’ve always found writing happy songs a challenge. It pushed me outside of my comfort zone and vocally I wanted to give off a vulnerable performance.” – LOVER