Michael Lanza knows about the process, and he knows how to create a connection between himself and his listeners. “Friend” is the delightful breakaway from heaviness that we all need.
The Bay Area singer-songwriter may have written “Friend” for his pup, but the message sprawls into the hearts of anyone who hears it. Lyrics like “Get up / get fighting” and “You gotta hold on” beam with inspirational energy. The alt-pop artist uses synth pads and boom clap drums to hone in and feature this positive release.
The accompanying video is — as one might hope — full of dogs. There are loose narratives of walks and road trips, and the playful imagery is impossible not to smile at. Interspersed are images of Lanza delivering the song with a candid sweetness. He is confident in every note and action, stark against the streets and a black backdrop.
Having produced the track himself, Michael Lanza knows his art inside-and-out, and this unity of idea carries this track to a new pop sphere. Relax, sit back, and let this energy sink into your bones.