Laufey Falls Under Love's Spell in New Single "Bewitched"


Photo: Gemma Warren

LA-based Icelandic-Chinese artist, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Laufey casts a spell on listeners with the release of her latest single, "Bewitched." In the single, she introduces a tale of new love and explores feelings of passion, hesitancy, and just how bewildering falling for someone can be.

Full of lush, dreamy instrumentals and romantic chord progressions, Laufey's timeless vocal tone captivates and draws in the listener from the very first moment. In the opening verse, she admits, "I didn't know that much at all / 'Bout love before," perhaps a reference to her debut album Everything I Know About Love, and declares that she might finally be learning. In the chorus, she declares that her love interest has bewitched her from the moment they first kissed and that "the world froze around" them.

In the second half of the track, Laufey dives into how the feelings she's experiencing are "all consuming, fire fuming / Cursing at the moon and losing," illustrating both a sense of excitement and a state of confusion at the butterflies caught in the pit of her stomach. The breakout star's lyricism throughout the song beautifully paints a picture for each listener, allowing anyone to relate their unique experiences to each lyric.

While Everything I Know About Love showcased what Laufey calls her "hopeless romantic" side, her upcoming album Bewitched, set to release September 8, adopts a more mature outlook, although it's still in love with love. Laufey notes, "This is a love album, whether it be a love towards a friend or a lover or life. The first album also touched a lot on things like moving out of my childhood home and moving into a new city for the first time—being an adult. With this one, I've experienced a little bit more of that, and I'm writing about the magic in the love of being young."

The accompanying music video, directed by Lewis Cater, is a heart-melting visual that follows Laufey on a date with her love interest, played by Lucas Aurelio. Mirroring the cinematic opening, the opening scene sees the singer alone in an empty theater room. Scenes of her and her lover journeying through London's rainy streets and gardens intercut her solo performance, making viewers witness Laufey falling in love.

"Bewitched," which serves as the title track of her forthcoming sophomore album, sees Laufey crystallizing each fleeting emotion in amber through her impeccable story-like lyrics. Additionally, Laufey will celebrate the album on the road this fall with 'The Bewitched Tour,' which sold out in minutes. The tour will make stops at iconic venues throughout North America, including two nights at San Francisco's Fillmore, Chicago's Thalia Hall, New York City's Town Hall, and Los Angeles' Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Laufey's performance at The Ford on September 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic is also sold out, and she is set to perform at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra on her sophomore album's release day.

Watch the "Bewitched" video below:


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