Independent singer, songwriter, and producer Ari Leff, better known by his stage name Lauv, just released a new single and video “There’s No Way,” featuring Grammy-nominated artist Julia Michaels. The duo’s voices blend harmoniously with the track’s slow-tempo piano melody, as they sing about the bittersweet feeling of wanting to be with someone despite the timing being off.
Julia Michaels shared the following on writing with Lauv,
“Writing with Ari is equal parts funny and serious. He’s the kind of person that can tap into an emotion and then say something random to break up the heaviness in a room. I love that about him.”
The feeling was mutual with Lauv sharing,
“Julia is an absolute legend not only as a songwriter but just as a human being. The first time we met we didn’t even write a song, we just talked about life and emo bands and stuff. A few days later me, her, Justin Tranter and Ian Kirkpatrick got into the room and wrote “There’s No Way.” For me the song is about meeting someone and immediately feeling that connection where you can’t help but have crazy chemistry, and though your lives don’t quite line up in that moment, you know someday everything could go down between you two.”
The music video, directed by Malia James, visually conveys the emotions expressed in the track through a brilliant use of soft lighting, shadows, and muted colors. In the video, we see an immediate chemistry blossom between Lauv and Michaels, one that they unfortunately cannot turn into something bigger, due to the two being in separate relationships.
Lauv is kicking off the US leg of his fall 2018 World Tour this October, as well as opening for Ed Sheeran’s stadium tour on select dates. He and Julia Michaels are also set to perform “There’s No Way” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Oct. 1.
Watch the video for “There’s No Way” below: