Following the release of her breathless independent 2016 mixtape Cross Your Heart and closing out last year with the Christmas single “Tropical Holiday,” pop singer LIZ returns with one of two offerings, premiering the doe-eyed “Could U Love Me” on Billboard.com in double A-side tandem with the Wave Racer-produced “Queen of Me.”
The Los Angeles-based artist, previously known as the First Lady of Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint, teams with producers ARNOLD and Hoodboi (best known for their remix of Future’s “Honest”) for “Could U Love Me,” a confessional of sorts that LIZ describes as a “vulnerable [version of Ghost Town DJ’s’] ‘My Boo'” where she coos over a pattering, supple instrumental.
“‘Could U Love Me’ is one of the most vulnerable songs I’ve ever written,” says LIZ, who in the past has collaborated with artists including Zedd, Diplo and, most recently, Rytmeklubben on the single “No Apologies.” “In the lyrics, I’m unapologetically questioning someone if they will not only accept my flaws, but, love me for them. Sometimes, I’ll sabotage a relationship because I’m afraid that the person won’t like me anymore when they find out I’m not as ‘cool’ as they probably think I am. I can be reckless, moody, insecure, jealous and not feel so great about myself sometimes, so, this song is my letter to the person I’m falling for; a moment of letting down my guard where I’m asking for forgiveness and mercy in a sweet way. I think everyone will be able to relate to the sentiment. I also love that we were able to give the production a mid-tempo Miami bass vibe you can still dance to.”
The release of “Could U Love Me” and “Queen of Me” arrives in anticipation of LIZ’s forthcoming new music, counting recent sessions with Sarah Hudson (Katy Perry, Charli XCX) and Jesse Saint John (Camila Cabello, Brooke Candy). Listen to “Could U Love Me” below.