We’re always on the lookout for exciting new artists here at MP! and in between fangirl-ing about the likes of 1D, 5SOS et al, sometimes we discover something truly special and a little bit different. Indie-electro singer songwriter Laurel is about to drop her amazing new EP ‘Holy Water’ (check out our review here) so we decided to catch up with for quick chat about music, big love and film soundtracks…
Hi Laurel! We’re really digging your gorgeous ‘Holy Water’ EP right now. It makes us feel very serious and sophisticated whenever we hear it. For the uninitiated, how would you describe your sound?
I would say its quite cinematic with dirty drums and bass, someone once said Florence Welch meets hip hop.
You’re not only a writer and performer but you produce as well. What’s your favourite of the three? Is the writing process easy?
I love all of them equally, Theres such a buzz for me on stage because I have written and produced all the music, it means I really connect with the music and feel it is 100 percent me, which makes performing it that bit more passionate for me.
‘Come Together’ off the EP features fellow singer songwriter Sivu to great effect. Who else would be top of your collaboration bucket list at the mo?
Arcade Fire are my number one! I adore them, I’d also kill to work with Tyler, The Creator. But what was so awesome about working with Sivu was the fact that were friends so writing together was just a bit of a laugh and I guess a jam session, thats what made it work so well I think.
Your music recalls the likes of Lorde and Lana Del Rey, who’ve both become pop stars but with a more moody, alternative sound. Would you like to achieve something similar?
I think they are both awesome artists, what they stand for and how they have forged careers is inspirational. The fact that they have achieved such success making alternative music is a great thing.
Ok so we had a bit of a snoop through your Twitter and noticed you were on your way to shoot a music video a few days ago – Can you reveal any deets about that?
It’s for my latest single ‘Memorials’. It’s about missing someone, the feeling of loss is such a powerful emotion but something that makes no sense to do. I wrote the song from a quote out of one of my favourite books The Twins by Saskia Sarginson “My heart is dark and ripe as a bruise, an ache hollowing me out. Missing you has no purpose, no point, but still I do”. The video follows this sort of vibe.
You also mentioned how a lot of your tunes are providing the soundtrack to some, ahem, steamy scenes on film and TV of late! If you could be in charge of the soundtrack to any TV show or movie, what would it be?
I have always wanted to write music for a film. I get huge inspiration from film music, I would love to write for a new indie release at some point but if I could have I would have chosen to write for ‘Where the Wild Things’, or ‘Candy’
Your music is very downtempo and atmospheric (which we love, obv’) but have you ever had the urge to write a radio friendly, no holds barred pop song at any point?
I did a couple of years ago when I was still figuring out what sort of music I wanted to make but it never sat with me very well. I naturally write more brooding music that reminisces big love, and usually tormented ones.
We’re always on the lookout for new music here at MP!, so what tune-age would you recommend we get listening to pronto?
The Shivers – ‘Kisses’, thats one of my all time favourite songs. Not the album version though. I found an acoustic stripped back style version on YouTube a couple of years ago – It’s definitely worth a listen.
And finally, after ‘Holy Water’ drops, what’s next for Laurel? Any plans for a full album or tour in the near future?
Yes! I have been writing for my full length album for a little while now, I keep changing it though so it will probably sound completely different by the time it comes out. It will be out next year though! I’m super super super excited.
As are we! Thanks Laurel!