Lakshane has been at this for a hot minute now. Bursting onto the scene in 2017 with his Kiid Koda-assisted single ‘Don’t Lie,’ the Sri-Lankan-born, Melbourne-based crooner has been busy at work finessing his unique blend of alternative R&B and hip-hop. He released his debut EP Come Alive in 2019, where he delved into late-night. Atmospheric sounds with diary entry-like vulnerability, and through artistic growth, he’s transforming his transparency into bigger, broader anthems—case and point; his new single ‘Ariana.’
Over minimalist yet spacious synths and warm bass, Lakshane pens a sonic letter to the love he misses, in an atmosphere he describes as ‘controlled chaos.’ But within these feelings, he carries himself with catchy, pop-radio ready melodies, seamless flows, and a confident swagger. Speaking on the song in a press release, Lakshane states, “it’s about a moment in time – it was New Year’s back home in Sri Lanka, and I was missing someone I had ended things with. I hadn’t really gotten over it and was frustrated at the fact I was so far away and couldn’t do anything about it.” In these moments of reflection, ‘Ariana’ has the past-midnight, highway-driving soundscapes of alternative R&B, but at no point is Lakshane parking the car. Instead, the soulful soliloquies of the single act as extra mileage, as he quests for his next chapter.
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