Bringing us the goods from Cleveland to Nashville, the powerful alt-pop artist and singer-songwriter Lawn returns with a heartbreaking ballad entitled "grow up and figure it out."
There's never a dull moment when it comes to the dynamic and mysterious stylings of Lawn, as she's graced us with her stylings on various occasions and left us wanting more each time around. Creating music for the misunderstood, Lawn strives to bring her audience into a place of inclusivity and acceptance.
Expanding on her most recent release, "grow up and figure it out," Lawn soaks our speakers in another heavily versatile alt-pop/rock piece through her dynamic instrumentals and conceptual lyricism. While touching on themes of heartbreak and moving forward for the better, Lawn pulls us deep into the storyline through her brilliant and emotional performance.
Hitting play on, "grow up and figure it out," we're met with a foot-stomping drum beat, short rhythm guitar strokes, and a celestial violin arrangement. Once Lawn begins floating through the track with her vibrant vocal stylings, she later expands on the conceptual and heartfelt storyline. Reaching the pre-chorus, short violin strings serenade us alongside a tender piano and Lawn's introspective lyricism.
Expanding on her lyrics, Lawn reminds us of past hardships as she brings us deeper into a story of someone's birthday and the cyclical emotions that come around each year. Wishing to reach out and rekindle their once lit flame, Lawn harshly reminds herself to grow up and move forward from this recurring heartache.
Find a piece of yourself within Lawn's recent emotional single, "grow up and figure it out," and get to know the influential singer-songwriter as she continues to expand her sound and style.
Welcome back to BuzzMusic Lawn.Thank you for winning us over once again with your powerful stylings, especially within your recent single, "grow up and figure it out." What inspired the creation of this emotional piece?
Thank you, wow, beyond flattered you like it. It’s taken me by such a humbling surprise at the response from this single. This song is clearly a lot different than my latest releases but I was inspired by my earliest childhood influences such as Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, Paramore, just to name a few of the greats. But all in all, I have to thank my ex who was really mean to me. His birthday was ironically Independence Day, which in America is the time to get completely sh*t-faced so he would throw these huge extravagant parties at his house to where he would either ignore me or fight with me. So thanks man, couldn’t have done it without ya.
Seeing as you're relatively familiar with writing such emotional and vulnerable lyricism, did you face any inner challenges when writing your lyrics for "Grow Up and Figure It Out?"
"grow up and figure it out," was the easiest song I’ve ever written. I always knew I would write something about him eventually, as it consumed such a large portion of my young adult life, but I had to get over the initial heartbreak from it which took me years. Grief is a weird thing when it comes to your first love, constantly vacillating between sadness, anger, and apathy. I really wanted this song to exhibit the emotions of love and of growing up and figuring it out.
What were the recording and creative processes like for the instrumentals within "Grow Up and Figure It Out?" Did you work solo on this process?
Every song I write starts with a horrible rendition of me playing one instrument. It started off with just keys, then electric guitar, then my producer put some synth strings on there because I am truly obsessed with being dramatic. I want every lyric, every note to everything I write to hit hard, to contribute to the story. But, I still wanted the violence and the pain of losing someone to be displayed so we kept the electric guitar, got some beats over it. That’s when the strings became a focal point.
Why did you feel the need to add a powerful and cinematic string section to the instrumentals for your single, "grow up and figure it out?"
My engineer, Sam Falle, is truly one of the most patient people I’ve ever met. He’s always willing to take the extra step to make my music what I envisioned it to be, even when I’m unable to describe what I’m going for. After we dabbled with the string concept, he mentioned getting real string players to play on this song. Since I was 6 years old, I’ve had such a fascination with strings and dreamed of the day I’d have them on some of my own work. When I heard Mary Grace, and Jerome, my Violinist/Violist, play the first time through the track, I cried because it was so beautiful and beyond what I ever thought it could be. The amount of time and talent that goes into playing an instrument of that caliber is magical to witness. I also love Harry Potter. Feel like that needs to be mentioned.
How do releases like "grow up and figure it out," help new listeners get to know you better? How does this single represent you and your sound?
I have two sides to my character, one that is an emotional, grieving storm, and the other that is ready to fight my case with fire. I feel like most of my latest singles like Insatiable and For You, Mom is when I was crying and asking for a break. Grow Up and Figure it out is me giving the break. This is a song that resembles the closest with my first single, “Summer Mattress”, armed and loaded with every word I wish I said once my rose-colored glasses departed from view.
Do you have a dream artist collaboration?
I always joke and say that I’m the dollar store Phoebe Bridgers but that’s mostly due to the similar hair color. I’d love to collaborate with her along with Julien Baker, Chelsea Cutler, Sasha Sloan, just to name a few of my influences. Any female artist out there breaking the glass ceiling, I’m chipping away right next to you while cheering you on in the crowd.
What can we anticipate to hear next from you?
Hopefully something in person where I can hear you all singing the words back to me.