Laila press photo
Photo by @lilspyce

Laila releases a sentimental pop single, entitled, “Strangers at the Airport”

Laila (Laila Kharouba) is an actress and singer-songwriter with Jordanian and Canadian roots. Not too long ago, she released a sentimental pop single, titled, “Strangers at the Airport,” via Big W Records.

Laila – “Strangers at the Airport” single

“Since when do you read books? Sitting at the bar you look so okay, almost didn’t recognize you. On the way to catch my flight, I wish I could work up the nerve to say all of the things I didn’t. I’ve got to find my gate; not like it’d make a difference. Yeah, you’ve got new hair and new shoes and new clothes. Thought we would make it; we were getting so close. Now we’re just strangers at the airport.” – lyrics

The song tells an inside-the-airport story about a young woman who looks like a deer in headlights while staring at her ex-partner from afar. She doesn’t know where he’s going but knows where he’s been these last couple of years. Their breakup was hard but for the best. With a heavy heart, she assumes her ex has successfully moved on. “I bet you’ve found someone; you always were so good at moving along.” Maybe, she’s overthinking, but without a conversation with her ex, it’s too hard for her to know if he has moved on or not.

‘Strangers at the Airport’ contains a post-relationship-based narrative and ear-pleasing vocals that will resonate well with fans of Ingrid Andress, The 1975, and Reneé Rapp. The sentimental tune possesses dripping drums and guitar-laden instrumentation flavored with alternative pop, Americana, and indie-pop elements. Furthermore, “Strangers at the Airport” is for anyone who hopes to maybe see their ex in the next life. Also, the line, “Bet she waits for you in Paris and she’s already met your parents,” makes us think that maybe Laila is talking about Nick Babcock, a member of the now defunct indie-pop duo, Your Paris, which Laila was also a part of. The song pertaining to Nick is a strong possibility because Your Paris sadly split at the end of 2022, leaving Laila as a solo artist.

  “Maybe that’s all we were really meant for.”

Laila press photo
Photo by @lilspyce

“Last year, I saw my ex from afar, reading a book in the airport bar at LAX. It was a really weird and reflective moment for me. I told Jon Pike (BRDGS, one of the producers on this track) about the experience, and he mentioned he’d always wanted to write a song called ‘Strangers at the Airport.’ So we wrote this one together! The song is about grappling with the realization that someone who was once your everything is now just a stranger (in an airport). We drew a lot of inspiration from one of my favorite bands, The 1975, for the production and sonic landscape.” – Laila explained

With pop duo Your Paris, Laila’s music has been featured on CTV’s “Your Morning” and Spotify’s “New Music Friday.” Her lush vocals have been compared to Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen: with her upcoming music, you can expect playful on-the-nose lyricism, undeniable vulnerability, and irresistible sweetness.

“Can’t help but wonder if I’ll never see you again.”

Laila - “Strangers at the Airport” cover art

“We’re taking off and as I turn off my phone, I think, ‘Was that really you?’ Or just a stranger at the airport? And if someday you’re hearing this, then I hope you’re doing okay. Sincerely another stranger at the airport.” – lyrics

We recommend adding Laila’s “Strangers at the Airport” single to your favorite alternative pop playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, That’s All Folks! Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment – the hot spot for new music and entertainment news. Always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E). Contact us on social media via Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, and let us know what’s going on. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, purchase our merchandise, and become a Patron of Bong Mines Entertainment. Disclaimer: This post contains Apple Music affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking a link on this page, we will collect a small share of the sales. That little compensation will be used towards keeping this website up and running.

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