CURRENT: Lianne La Havas – “Green & Gold”

“It seems that I’m where I’m supposed to be,” sings Lianne La Havas on her third prerelease single from Blood, out July 31 via Warner Bros.. Yet “Green & Gold” is not a victory lap; she isn’t running in circles, she’s swimming freestyle. There’s a fluidity to everything here, from the way the beat rolls in, to her hushed confessions in the first verse. “Trying to watch cartoons through the static,” she vividly remembers, “thinking where I’m gonna be if I’m ever 23.” It’s her ability to express the chasm between youthful playfulness and real-world concerns that devastates and illuminates.

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