Crunchy guitar and raw vocals – from this veritable one-woman band.
This week I’ve been listening to the Southampton born and now East London based DIY artist Laurel, with her latest release Same Mistakes. A veritable one-woman band, her raw and emotional songwriting has propelled her to share the stage with alt-pop duo Oh Wonder and the BBC’s favourite Sigrid, as she now prepares for the release of her debut album.
It’s been almost two years since I first heard Laurel at Dingwalls, standing alone on stage with just a Gibson guitar strung around her neck. What stood out for me was the earnestness of her performance, with nothing to distract you from her unique voice and the brilliance of her barely two minute long track San Francisco.
Prominent vocals, neatly layered and harmonised over crunchy guitar is the recipe once again for Same Mistakes, as Laurel proves she’s an expert at crafting a chorus hook. Each part of the track is doused liberally with reverb, but the clever use of a short echo time prevents the details from being drowned out. It really helps to create a full and powerful sound from just a few instruments, all played by this bedroom writer and producer.
Only this time, Laurel has fed each of her recordings through the analogue reel to reel at Hackney’s Gizzard studios for her upcoming album DOGVIOLET.
You know, for that vintage tone…
Considering most of us audio mortals will probably stream the track to our earpods, I wonder how much of a difference this can really make. Not that it matters as Laurel has managed to capture all of the warmth and dynamism of the songs through home studio equipment, staying true to her original sound.
Due for release on the 24th August, Laurel takes DOGVIOLET on one of her biggest tours to date. You can catch her at the Tufnell Park Dome on the 4th October and at other dates across Europe.