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Luz — counting houses

When talking about particularly good lyricism and songwriting, certain names immediately come to mind: Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, Dermot Kennedy, Lewis Capaldi, etc. All these incredible artists have a particular skill to create hits from scratch using simple melodies, catchy lyrics, and a very specific combination of imagery and sensation. With such brilliant careers and track records that back up their own music taste, it is only reasonable to believe them when they start championing young artists just like Luz. The 20-year-old Irish-Argentinian singer/songwriter definitely has all the qualities great songwriters share and with the support of huge names in the industry, she presents her fourth single, the beautifully hopeful, “counting houses.”

Following the success of her previous singles, and particularly “we’ll be fine,” Luz expands on her musical universe offering listeners yet another window to look into her life while maintaining a connection with them through a very relatable theme in “counting houses.” Talking about the track, the young artists said in a press release, “It’s a song about positivity and hope of what’s to come. It’s about reassurance that you can make the choices that are best for you without the influence of others and that there are people out there that will make you feel most like yourself.”

Full of incidentally delightful moments, the track not only highlights Luz’s ease for crafting lyrics, but it also shows the importance of modulation while performing. From the cleverly pronounced “luckily” in the line leading up to the first chorus “Cause, luckily I know some places well insulated, so?” to the way her voice flows through the climax of the chorus as she sings “Devoid of color and too neatly arranged / A scene we painted anyway.” At the same time, Luz shows a peculiar mastery of hooks as she includes some “oh nos” here and there to allow for the piece to leave room for breathing while the listener takes it all in.

Luz has clearly proven to the world she is a force to be reckoned with and as she develops as an artist, it will be extremely interesting to see her grow both as a songwriter and performer. With future plans of supporting JP Saxe (yet another master of the craft) in the near future, we can only wait to see what else will Luz send our way as she becomes the star she is meant to be.