Recommended Tracks: “Not Done”, “Are You Gonna Care When I Die?”, “Keepintouch”
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As the mischievous, cunning, and life-loving Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” For those not familiar with the movie, it’s about putting your day-to-day life aside to appreciate everything else life has to offer. And with all the Instagram posts and Twitter updates and text messages and emails and…it adds up. Life becomes so loud, so fast-paced. Not only should we stop and look around once in a while, we need to stop and look around once in a while. On Love You Later’s From The Window Seat, the alt-pop artist looks around but she also checks in with herself and speculates on all that life has to offer, giving us seven deep and mesmerizing tracks that will encourage you to sit down, pause, and reflect as well.
We hear about relationships on From The Window Seat, with Love You Later taking the time to explore what she should be getting from them. On the expressive “Long Sleeves,” she wonders about where her relationship is going, touching on its highs and lows. Over optimistic guitar and chill beats, she sings, “Part of me likes keeping my head down” and “You left me so confused / You got me wearing long sleeves in July.” It is an emotional rollercoaster, but the ride does not stop there. With one of the album’s most catchiest tracks, “Keepintouch,” she presents us with that classic dilemma of distance in the relationship. She mentions how her boyfriend is on tour, leaving her to “keep in touch” in more ways than one. Along with keeping him up-to-date, she tries to hang onto herself during this time, mentioning how she is “losing touch with everyone else” in the process.
Based on what we know so far, Love You Later does not give up easily. She is here for the long-haul and wants others around her to get used to it. As we hear on “Are You Gonna Care When I Die?” the concept of getting through to someone is important to her. The percussive production and warm layers of sound contradict the gravity of the lyrics, lines like “Will you finally pay attention when you hear I’m on my death bed?” making this a dynamic track. On “Not Done,” she gets her point across in a more stripped-back way, the minimal instruments and soft pop sound creating a more vulnerable scene. Through exposed vocals, Love You Later sings, “We could take the easy way out, but I don’t wanna / Live my life without you around / ‘Cause that seems harder,” claiming that she is “not done” loving this person in the grand scheme of things.
In the end, it is important to be yourself, so Love You Later gives us a few songs about discovering her identity. The opening track, “Girl With Headphones,” sets the mood. The title of the EP is pulled from this breezy track, which focuses on creating space between the outside world and the inner self, primarily through the use of music and headphones. It can be easy to drift into your own world when tuning out what’s around you, and on “Mars,” Love You Later wonders if she truly belongs somewhere else. Throughout the indie rock track, she asks, “What’s life like on Mars?” figuring that she could find a suitable home there. She closes the EP with “Someday, Today Will Be Long Ago,” casting away some of these awkward, out-of-place feelings. It’s a coming-of-age anthem, its open and encouraging sounds and lyrics giving some permission to untangle past mistakes and move forward.
Overall, From The Window Seat is an expansion of the personal lyrics and melodic sounds Love You Later is known for. Each track is relatable and honest in its own way, the words hitting in a certain fashion that just cuts through the surface to the real emotion underneath. Along with these words, the hooks and the rhythms are enough to make the songs shine, turning the EP into a captivating experience from beginning to end. With this project, Love You Later conveys what it is like to sit in a window seat, look around, and process on all that is happening internally, showing that it is worth it to stop and take a beat every once in a while.
You can listen to From The Window Seat on platforms like Apple Music, SoundCloud, and Spotify.
Catch Love You Later at her upcoming shows in Nashville, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles here.