LA based singer songwriter Lucy LaForge, also known as Lucy & La Mer, released her single Honey, Put Your Weapons Down. Jared Lee Gosselin who’s worked with Eminem and Corrin Bailey Rae, produced the indie pop song that features poignant lyricism and sweeping strings. Lucy & La Mer has previously been featured in media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, with her debut EP charting on local college radio. On top of all this, she is an activist working with women’s rights organisations and LGBT groups raising awareness about the blatant inequalities of Western society.
Honey, Put Your Weapons Down begins with the crackling sounds of an old record. The rhythm was great during the first verse and I would have loved to hear it continue throughout the chorus. Instead it became regular, occurring on beats one and two instead of one and four. This sort of beat really suits heartfelt lyrics like the sentiments of this song, and coupled with a couple of stringed instruments or a string quartet, can lift a track from being average to being great. I think if it had continued for at least a little longer it could have been amazing. What is abundantly clear is how well LaForge handles composing a melody. Along with her vocal tone, the melody line rose and fell when expected but then surprised me in a few places as well.
This track is very well-produced. Apart from a few matters of personal taste, I think it’s a solid single for the pop artist. I give it 8.5/10.
You can listen to the track on Soundcloud