Meticulously handcrafted over hundreds of hours of solitude, La Louma’s palette includes thickly melodic woodwinds and brass, electric guitar and bass, impatient drums, tremolo vocal undercurrents, and metaphor-laden lyrics. The LP’s tone repeatedly shifts unexpectedly from dramatic desperation to quiet contemplation, from a determined sprint to utter immobilization. Musically mirroring La Louma’s vagabond mind, each of the album’s richly transportive scenes are colored by carefully chosen modalities, timbres, instrumentations, and arrangements.
Opening track The Decline of Nations
crashes through as a fist-raising call to “stay until you try to make things right”. Falling drum sticks and a slinking clarinet introduce Candy
, a mythology-driven song in which she vows to protect a narcissist from drowning in their own reflection, while the more straightforward storytelling of Middle Eastern tinged Just Wanna Love You culminates in symphonic catharsis. Tin Roof Now makes use of nearly every instrument in her studio as she pleads for a heavy rain to "drown out [her] senses" and "let the world be flooded out".