California band Girls’s latest single is a love song, and not just because it’s being released on a heart-shaped vinyl. Singer Christopher Owens wrote this song for Lawrence Hayward of the ’80s British band Felt, proclaiming his undying affinity and admiration.

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“Lawrence”
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The single lacks Owens’s distinct androgynous whine, with no lyrics in it at all. This absence makes “Lawrence” feel more like a demo than a single, but it doesn’t really matter: It’s clear that Owens isn’t releasing this song because he thinks of it as a “hit.” “Lawrence” is a simple track loaded with personal sentiment; Owens is giving Hayward a musical, probably platonic valentine.

The song has an enigmatic and somewhat angsty beginning with a guitar ambling along moodily. The chorus — a romantic conflation of “oohs” and “ahs” — defines it. The melody is repetitive but never stale, and is eventually joined by a flirtatious flute. “Lawrence” pauses in the last minute, ending with a lucid guitar solo and an upbeat and satisfied intermingling of every instrument falling into place.

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