NEW ALBUM: LANY | GG BB XX
LANY has released their highly-anticipated fourth album, "gg bb xx," via Polydor Records. The record was produced by Maroon 5 and Katy Perry collaborator Andrew Goldstein. LANY, whose name is an acronym for Los Angeles and New York, wanted a four-letter moniker for aesthetic purposes when it formed in 2014—just not one that unveiled the Nashville natives’ true origins. The coast-obsessed trio (Paul Klein, Les Priest and Jake Clifford Goss) hasn’t had a long career but quickly rose to stardom, touring with the likes of Halsey and Ellie Goulding before releasing a debut album in 2017, "Malibu Nights" in 2018 and 2020’s "Mama’s Boy." LANY’s Coachella-ready pop tunes have always been built around the same themes: dating in L.A., breakups and makeups, missing exes and newfound love. LANY really shines on its choruses, and its distinct formula of catchy and cutesy has been crafted down to a science. Even slower songs like “Live It Down” contain a memorable riff or two, and each song has its own adorable hook. “Nevermind, Let’s Break Up,” off one of the band’s 2021 EPs, has an entertaining chorus, as does “‘Til I Don’t.” All in all, if you’re looking for versatile acoustic musicianship on "gg bb xx," you’re looking in the wrong place. LANY’s newest album, much like its other work, is shiny, glitzy, wonderfully amusing and sometimes slightly heartfelt.