[Cover photo credit to Rafael Avcioglu]
Los Angeles-based Alt-Pop musician Riz La Vie has shared debut album Haven out now including a limited run on vinyl. Alongside the release, they have revealed the album’s title track with an accompanying video. The album’s title track explores loss, but also reveals a determination to find a silver lining.
La Vie will also be hitting the road across North America this spring on The World Could Be A Haven Tour with support from Johan Lenox and Ayleen Valentine.
On the title track’s message, La Vie explains:
The lyrics speak to the choice one can make to not dwell on negative emotions, but instead to find refuge in the power of one’s own mind. The message is one of personal strength and the constant effort needed to nurture one’s own inner haven.
Its accompanying video, directed by Quinton Dominguez, follows La Vie’s “emotional effort to hold onto optimism, freedom and safety”. For the album, La Vie experiments with new production elements and the blending of genres across 15 tracks.
La Vie shares:
The album reflects my journey facing the struggles of trying to find a home in a city like New York, during a recession and eventually having to move to another city like Los Angeles. It showcases the ups and downs of forming new connections, and the impact of losing some friends temporarily and some permanently, both for the better and for the worse.
The album also expresses my determination to not fall victim to fear-mongering, and trying to find light and positivity in difficult times.
Collaborators on the album include Vic Wainstein (Tyler the Creator, Mac Miller), Daniel Hartzog (Tom the Mailman, ericdoa), Lucy Blomkamp (6LACK, Mallrat) and Johan Lenox (BROCKHAMPTON, Metro Boomin, Shawn Mendes). It was mixed by KES (Ed Sheeran, Jacob Banks) and mastered by Mike Bozzi (Kendrick Lamar, Steve Lacy).