A shimmering blend of jazz, gospel and pop.
The former secondary-school supply teacher has a lot to celebrate, her debut album Sing to the Moon has been received positive critique and the Telegraph is naming her song She as ‘one of the most striking and original debuts from any British artist in many a year.’
Sing to the moon was released on the 1st of March this year and managed to peak at number nine in the UK charts. The Guardian is naming her sound ‘a shimmering blend of jazz, gospel and pop.’
She is a light-hearted track, a blend of hauntingly beautiful vocals, a rush of choral harmonies and twinkling jazz and fused funk. The song begins with a delicate piano melody; Mvula’s vocal is refreshing and unique. The highlight of the song is when the harmonies clash together. It creates an uplifting feeling which leaves a lasting impression.
She has an extremely appealing soul-searching quality with lyrics such as ‘She wondered if there’s a way out of the blue’, a tone that is echoed in her atmospheric music video. Lyrically poetic, the song speaks for itself. The Sunday Times Culture said, ‘Laura Mvula is so far ahead of any other most-likely-to British Newcomer for 2013, it’s scary. Listening to songs such as She is like an awakening.’
Laura Mvula sounds like a whimsical version of Amy Winehouse; she is definitely an artist to watch. Mvula is one of those artists; she is part of a select group of silken-voiced female artists whose brand of edgy soul and eclectic mix of musical influences sets them apart from the crowd.
She had an incredible weekend at the Glastonbury festival which saw her perform to packed out crowds on both the Pyramid and Park stages, Laura now announces the release of new single She, out on the 18th August through RCA Victor (Sony).
The single will be released as a remix bundle and contains remixes of She by MJ Cole, Jakwob, Linslee, Eagle For Hands and Robin Hannibal.
Below are the dates for her UK and Ireland tour, set to start this September.
Monday 30th September – Edinburgh, Queens Hall
Tuesday 1st October – Newcastle, Tyne Theatre
Friday 4th October – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Monday 7th October – Bristol, O2 Academy
Tuesday 8th October – Birmingham, The Institute
Wednesday 9th October – Manchester, The Ritz
Saturday 12th October – Dublin, Olympia
Sunday 13th October – Belfast, Waterfront
Tickets available from her official website.