After gathering the hearts and ears of audiences over the last few years — then going on hiatus — The Kid LAROI is musically and emotionally branching farther than he’s ever gone.
His long-teased single, “Love Again” (Jan. 27), is a testament to his riveting vocals and ear-worming talent. The Aussie singer’s infectious hook has been long heard via TikTok teasers and studio snippets. Now, complemented by a mannequin-clad music video, LAROI is learning to “Love Again” ahead of his debut album, The First Time.
Standing as further proof that LAROI’s cinematic approach feels more representative of a popstar that is 10 years his senior, “Love Again” is a perfect lead-in for his emotive debut. His previous track, “I Can’t Go Back To The Way It Was (Intro),” is paired with an equally evocative, bare-bones visual, where distorted hues entrap the “WITHOUT YOU” artist in the melancholy that he’s shedding.
It’s rare for an artist to make an intro track represent their album as a leading single, but it’s clear as to why LAROI made this decision, as an EP’s worth of vigor and sadness packs the song’s tight-knit 90-second runtime.
I hope the past the hardest that it gets
Momma said she drinkin’ to forget
I told my momma, “Save your son a sip”
Tryna slow my breath and get a grip
I think life is harder than in death
They’re in Heaven, I’m the one that’s left (They left)The Kid LAROI – “I Can’t Go Back To The Way It Was (Intro)”
Soaring over 36 million monthly listeners on Spotify, LAROI isn’t building an audience anymore, he’s making the music that he wants to make — and at just 19 years old, he’s just getting started.
Listen to “Love Again” and “Intro” below!