After the dissolution of a months-long relationship, he processed those emotions into the trio's sophomore effort, Malibu Nights.
Originally titled January -- after the month he spent writing these nine tracks of tear-soaked millennial synth pop -- Malibu Nights is overly precious, a borderline contrived collection of entry-level emoting familiar to any teenager whose heart has been smashed by a crush.
Yet, though the lyrics are rather direct and unpoetic, they might register with anyone who has gone through a tough breakup.
Klein pines for his ex, confessing on "I Don't Wanna Love You Anymore" that "last night I finally cried" and claiming "I don't know what she left me for" on "If You See Her." Sensitivity on full display, Klein doesn't shy away from these journal-entry lyrics as he ponders where it all went wrong ("Thick and Thin") and debates popping open his pill bottle ("Run").
On the gauzy "Thru These Tears," he holds his head high, singing "This hurts like hell, but I keep telling myself it's gonna get better." Indeed, life likely has more in store for Klein, but on Malibu Nights, he's embracing the now, wallowing in his misery and searching for a way to heal in understandably dramatic fashion.
As far as catharsis goes, it's fairly pedestrian, but sure to resonate with anyone throwing their own pity party.