We can’t get enough of balls out pop bangers most of the time and almost every day in the MP! office will end in some sort of dance party to our fave tunes. However we also need music to stare pensively at the rain beating against the train window or gaze wistfully at the stars whilst contemplating deep thoughts about life and such. We like a bit of balance really.
Enter promising UK singer songwriter Laurel, whose moody electro balladry has been gathering plaudits for some time now. The 20 year old performer and producer has been making music since she was 14 and has even supported the likes of John Newman and MSMR as well selling out her own solo shows. Now she’s getting ready to drop her brand new EP ‘Holy Water’ into our laps and MP! got a sneaky listen to the whole thing.
The four track collection is a sensual mix of sparse soundscapes and yearning vocals which brings similarly Serious Face artists like Lorde and Lana Del Rey to mind. I Forget incorporates bleepy synths and ocean sounds into a minimal ode to basically getting on with your life after it all goes terribly wrong (we’ve been there) before building into a lush chorus of harmonies and distortion. Current buzz track Memorials is a pulsating ode to lost love with lashings of ‘wub wub’ bass and soaring vocals while title track Holy Water gives us major Banks vibes with its haunting pianos and atmospheric lyrics.
The downtempo duet Come Together features fellow indie alternative troubadour Sivu and is the perfect slow burning closer to a gorgeously polished set of songs. ‘Holy Water’ is released on December 15th and we expect big things from Laurel in the coming months so watch this space.