Lianne La Havas Shares New Single “Can’t Fight”

GRAMMY® Award-nominated British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas will release her self-titled album on July 17 via Nonesuch Records, pre-order it here.

It’s her first album since 2015’s critically acclaimed Blood, and it features previously released tracks “Bittersweet” and “Paper Thin,” garnering praise from TIME, Pitchfork, Refinery29, and more. New single “Can’t Fight” is available today and precursor for what’s to come. Produced and co-written by Mura Masa, the contemporary R&B classic is filled with soulful melodies, rhythmic syllables, and moody guitar as Lianne sings about a love that no longer serves her. La Havas recently performed songs from her forthcoming album on NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, which has received nearly 600,000 views on YouTube since premiering May 5. Listen/share “Can’t Fight” here.

La Havas explains of the song, “‘Can’t Fight’ is that feeling of, you know it’s not good, but you can’tnot do it. People say if you’re having a hard time in a relationship, just leave. It’s so easy to say, but it’s so much more complicated than that. Because there’s two of you, and neither of you are perfect. And there are things that you’re learning along the way. You think, ‘Well, let me do a little bit of work and just see if we can get that feeling backit’s possible because we do really love each other.’ I guess at the time, I was convinced that yes, it’s hard, but we can get through this.”

 The ten songs on Lianne La Havasnine originals plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes”span the arc of a love affair, one that brought growth and newfound confidence. “This is my first completely self-produced album with my own band. I got my own way with everything—all the decisions that you hear on this album were mine,” she says. “I’m a woman now, so I’m less shy and timid about saying certain things. And there’s no right or wrong when it’s your record, so I was very much embracing that fact, as well.”


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