The Love Language - New Amsterdam

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "New Amsterdam" by The Love Language, from the 2018 album Baby Grand on Merge Records.
WRITTEN BY JASMINE ALBERTSON
PHOTO BY MARCI HOHNER

North Carolina-born, Los Angeles-based The Love Language is the project of Stuart McLamb, who is releasing his fourth studio album, Baby Grand, early next month. It’s his first in five years, since 2013’s Ruby Red. Our song of the day, “New Amsterdam,” is the third single off the album and arrived via a colorful homemade video. "This video follows much of the same DIY ethos as I used while making the first Love Language album: Just do the best with what you have,” explains McLamb. “After our first location and concept fell through last-minute, I decided to make a video myself using everything I had filmed on my phone over the past few years-bits of Virginia, North Carolina, Colombia, southern California, friends, family-and ran the footage through Hyperspektiv using different filters to give it all a cohesive feel. 'New Amsterdam' is ultimately about being stuck in a rut but having such a strong desire to break out of it, whether it's a town you've lived in too long and need a change of scenery, or an on-again, off-again relationship. One of the lyrics was originally 'wish I could forget everything,' then a friend suggested I change it to 'forgive' and that pretty much changed the whole song for me in a great way." Baby Grand is out August 3 via Merge.

 

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