Kwamie Liv – Lovers That Come and Go

Lovers That Come and Go is at its best when it deviates from pop conventions, blending electronic and organic and illuminating Kwamie Liv's inherent songwriting talent

Album Review by Eugenie Johnson | 07 Nov 2018
  • Kwamie Liv – Lovers That Come and Go
Album title: Lovers That Come and Go
Artist: Kwamie Liv
Label: Practice Music
Release date: 9 Nov

You don’t have to look too much further than the title of Kwamie Liv’s debut album to know its core concept. Lovers That Come and Go sees the Danish-Zambian artist exploring the ups and downs of the heart, weaving her tales into a collection arriving four years after her debut EP, Lost in the Girl.  

There are moments on Lovers That Come and Go that were well worth the wait. Liv’s voice in particular is something that’s easy to become enveloped in. Her confidently husky vocals harbour a simmering energy on the likes of New Boo, but on Look at What I’ve Done she brings a perfect balance of emergent hope and melancholia with her performance. On the swirling, dramatic Deep Water she introduces half-spoken lyrics that bring an added dimension to the mix.

It’s somewhat frustrating then that some of the foundations that Kwamie places her words upon aren’t quite as dynamic. Palm Tree Jungle has a snappy trap vibe but is derailed by an out-of-nowhere gear change, while the likes of Mama’s a Millionaire and Follow My Heart do little to help differentiate Liv from other pop singers. Lovers That Come and Go is at its best when it deviates from these conventions, blending the electronic and organic and illuminating Liv’s inherent songwriting talent.

Listen to: Look at What I’ve Done, Deep Water

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