Lemaitre - Playing To Lose ft. Stanaj
Dating can feel like a soulless sport, but Lemaitre, a Norwegian indie-electronic duo known for bouncy rhythms and catchy hooks, sees beauty in our collective agony. Take "Playing To Lose," a brooding R&B jam from its 2016 EP, Afterglow. The song is about someone looking for love in all the wrong places, but Lemaitre makes the dreary topic surprisingly optimistic. Weaving together heavy drums, hopeful hooks and guest vocalist Stanaj's fluttering falsetto, they capture the highs and lows of intimacy, culminating in a rousing chorus that swells around and around again. "You're bulletproof, ain't no getting to you / I can't break through, anything that I do / It's like I'm playing to lose."
Who hasn't been there? That's the sentiment that guided directors Ménad Kesraoui and Romain Dubois as they conceptualized the music video, which NPR is premiering here.
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