Lyves’ new single “Plenty of Ways” swings on a dramatic emotional pendulum

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English-born artist Lyves’ single “Plenty of Ways” tracks the singer’s healing through a paired back, somber pop ballad that still manages to stretch out sonically. The singer kicks things off with a soft, contemporary pop backing complete with distant synth, foggy percussion and sweeping strings. Lyves’ voice is rough around the edges and crunches around her lyrical delivery. 

The somber-sounding instrumental is contrasted by optimistic lyrics such as, “In your arms I feel like enough / I never thought these walls I’d climb / You helped me up”. The singer’s range of emotions is evident in the more optimistic lyrics and starkly different admissions (“Plenty of days I’d wish me dead / Plenty of dreams that went unspoken”). The contrast between the two mindsets offers a distinct humanization of the artist, one that demonstrates her thoughts that swing on an emotional pendulum — which is just about as real of an emotional depiction as one can get.  

You can listen to “Plenty of Ways” on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.


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Avery Heeringa
Avery Heeringa
Avery Heeringa recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago where he studied communication and journalism. He is passionate about all things entertainment and popular culture. When not writing about music, he can be found in the aisles at his local record store or discussing new album releases with his friends.

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