Music video by W. Darling performing Learn To Love. (C) 2015 Universal Music Canada Inc.
Hayley Gene is at a crossroads. The Canadian singer-songwriter has been writing songs as W. Darling for pop C-listers like Cody Simpson (Ed Sheeran-lite) and Victoria Justice (Ariana Grande’s former co-star), and last year, she lent some levity to Bassnectar’s heady dubstep-romance “You & Me.” Finally, she’s edged out on her own and is releasing a series of EPs as a solo artist. The first of which, Lost Girls: Chapter One, is out now, and today we’re premiering the visual for a song off that EP called “Learn To Love.”
You’ll hear the same sharp, sticky-sweet vocals that made “You & Me” such a huge song in 2014, but “Learn To Love” is far more stripped-down than that track’s dubstep production, and has an almost Irish influence. Actually, her voice reminds me a lot of Andrea Corr (of the Corrs). She knows how to wield it with the same precision, layering on the emotion as the vocals build to a climax on the chorus. And that emotion remains even when she’s singing wordless harmonies. This clip was done by Young Astronauts - the production group who handled Grande and Iggy Azalea’s inescapable “Problem” video. -- Stereogum
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