Lauv’s “Modern Loneliness” speaks to teenage audience

Peyton Daley, Arts & Life Editor

As electro-pop artist Lauv’s fame continues to rise, he shares a more personal side with his fans with one of his latest songs. His newest album titled “How I’m Feeling” was released on March 6, 2020, closing with his single “Modern Loneliness.”  

“How I’m Feeling” explores his struggles with depression, with several references to the influence of drugs and social media on his anxiety. Among other songs, the album features “I’m So Tired,” “Drugs and the Internet,” and “Sad Forever,” all of which expand on Lauv’s experience with the pressure of fame. 

Lauv’s career took off in 2015 with the release of his first single, “The Other.” The 24-year-old is best known for his song “I Like Me Better,” released in 2017. The single went platinum in six different countries, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 charts. Three years later, he has returned with another album sure to make it far. 

The album cover for “How I’m Feeling” is connected to the theme of the music, with Lauv sitting down in white and six miniature versions of Lauv dressed in different colors of the rainbow. The different versions of Lauv each represent different aspects of his personality, including existential, romantic, and goofy. 

Of the 21 songs, “Modern Loneliness” is the most personal and relatable. The song is slow and calming, with an upbeat rhythm but a serious message. It focuses on depression in Lauv’s generation, as he talks about feeling alone even when he’s with others. “Modern Loneliness” redefines what it really means to feel lonely, not just be alone. It is especially meaningful to this generation, since it discusses the impact of social media and technology on isolation and depression. 

After this album, Lauv will not only be known for his catchy tunes and impressive voice, but also for the messages that he sends with his music.