Review: “No New Friends” — LSD

When LSD (Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo) announced the release of their first single as a supergroup early last year, many were skeptical of the chemistry these three extremely diverse artist would have on a singular record. We were quickly proven to be paranoid when “Genius” was airdropped into the world. As the trio continued to put out tracks throughout 2018, listeners were eager for a full-length record that never seemed to materialized; this week, however, that hype was reignited with the announcement of LABRINTH, SIA & DIPLO PRESENT… LSD and the release of new single “No New Friends.” The track features a chaotic backdrop that has come to be expected of the group’s output; summery synths, skittering hi-hats, stabbing piano chords, and background vocals galore dominate its 2:55 runtime.

Over the dizzying soundscape, Labrinth and Sia open the song with a gambling back-and-forth that references them as kings and queens, and a game of dice. Moving through the track, the duo celebrate their “champagne dreams in an endless drought,” boasting their security both financially and personally; they continue to swear their commitment to each other in the second verse, declaring they “ain’t holdin’ out” on anyone. A singalong chorus with minimal words provides a fun escape from the heavy songs that currently run the charts. As the song speeds towards its conclusion, it ends on a punchy “no! new! friends!” that feels as anthemic as any solo Sia song from this decade. While “No New Friends” doesn’t quite stack up to previous singles from LSD — lyrically weak in comparison to their prior inventiveness — it’s a suitable reintroduction to the trio that has clear potential to become a summer hit.

Rating: 4/5

A music business student with a passion for writing about music almost as intense as his desire to curate it.

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