Laura Mvula

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I really wanted to like her first album Sing to the Moon more than I did, but it just never fit into my regular rotation for one reason or another.

All three of the songs preceding her upcoming The Dreaming Room are working for me on every level, though. "Overcome" with Nile Rodgers and "People" with Wretch 32 are really great. "Phenomenal Woman" is like some next world shit, though, and seeing the video for it today only amplified that feeling. I mean, holy f%@k.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7---iGdDIBQ

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 6 May 2016 00:02 (five years ago) link

Oh cool, thx! Will def. check. Yeah, the debut had to grow on me too; my 2013 comments:

Laura Mvula---Sing To The Moon: Art-pop ballads, slower sometimes than I usually like, and some of this took a while, but each track has elements which engaged me right away (and enough others quickly enough), instrumentally and lyrically, winning me over long before the first spin was over.Early on, she mentions "Tried to write the perfect song/Then I realized/It wasn't mine", just at the right time--it is hers, but a little reminiscent of something or other---maybe just a breezy moment that feels too easy, not quite earned yet. So, on with the show, which risks seeming too absorbed in contemplation of the love object and lessons learned, but hey. She's always got another good line, like "take my heart, but not my soul", and another trace of springtime lightning spilling out of her sleeve. Not quite like anything else I've heard---maybe if Joan Armatrading--oh never mind--just check it out. It sounds like my favorite picture of her looks: straight ahead, just not at us. (My Pazz & Jop Singles pick) “Flying By Myself” sails by, with an invitation I can’t deny: despite the already-stylistically repetitive moments, and some murk, she’s got a bright future, which tracks like this will still reflect, even if she moves on out of sight.

dow, Friday, 6 May 2016 00:11 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

wasn't really into the nile rodgers single but "phenomenal woman" is delightful

art baengels (monotony), Friday, 20 May 2016 02:11 (four years ago) link

The albums was supposed to come out May 6, but it was pushed back to June...which is, frankly, unacceptable. Why? Because I want to hear it!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 20 May 2016 02:23 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Out today. Absolutely a joy to listen. Quite beautiful in places, smile-inducing in others.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 17 June 2016 17:26 (four years ago) link

Feels really short. Nine tracks, right?

hypnic jerk (rushomancy), Friday, 17 June 2016 18:42 (four years ago) link

It is compact. (Like more albums should be)

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 17 June 2016 19:55 (four years ago) link

thread title makes me think of seinfeld

de l'asshole (flopson), Friday, 17 June 2016 22:43 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMgHWQipby8

de l'asshole (flopson), Friday, 17 June 2016 22:43 (four years ago) link

This is a lot better than her debut. The production is really outstanding.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 20 June 2016 01:00 (four years ago) link

flopson otm

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Monday, 20 June 2016 02:09 (four years ago) link

Oh wow. Isn't this lovely? Bread, Show Me Love, and Angel are early favourites.

"Let Me Fall" is maybe my favourite of the newer ones. She has a real gift for layered vocal arrangements - someone I think on TSJ I think noted how her music sometimes has almost a medieval quality

art baengels (monotony), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 02:39 (four years ago) link

i like the compactness too - this and the ngaiire album are the perfect length

art baengels (monotony), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 02:39 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

something's happening. she did a virtual concert this week and performed a few new songs, as well as some older ones that were dramatically reworked.

the older tracks and a cover of diana ross' "i'm still waiting" have been uploaded for streaming here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RScMtd6wUo

she's been working with dann hume, tkay maidza's producer. i'm excited!

monotony, Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:25 (two months ago) link

I am too. These new reinterpretations are rad.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 26 February 2021 05:20 (two months ago) link

Also! Azana - Ingoma

dow, Friday, 26 February 2021 05:33 (two months ago) link

The Dreaming Room was one of my favorite records from that year. Excited to hear this!

octobeard, Friday, 26 February 2021 07:47 (two months ago) link

I was thinking the other day how she seemed to have been inactive for a while, this is good

boxedjoy, Friday, 26 February 2021 08:49 (two months ago) link

iirc things got nasty between her and the record label

Johnny Fever, Friday, 26 February 2021 15:43 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt0w1LDMlqc
New single "Safe Passage"

vcrash, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 18:24 (two months ago) link

hmmm

this is a bit too cliched-80s for my liking. doubtless you'll all go apeshit. where's Brad

imago, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 18:31 (two months ago) link

i mean it's got some lovely melodies and all but the sound is so...it's so what I said

imago, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 18:31 (two months ago) link

Sony dropped her in 2017, I'm sure that slowed things down

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/laura-mvula-record-label-sony-dropped-email-a7641066.html

akm, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 18:44 (two months ago) link

This is nice, but there's not much of a song beneath it.

Making 80s music at a time other than the 80s is a perfectly credible and legitimate thing to do and I'm tired of people pretending it isn't. Nobody ever complains about jazz sounding "too 50s" or house music sounding "too 90s." It's a choice and it's a valid one.

I'm mostly glad a bunch of people it appeals to actually frequent this place. It's one of the reasons I stay.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:00 (two months ago) link

I mean, quit looking at it as pastiche and nostalgia mining and start looking at it as making new art with an established tool box.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:10 (two months ago) link

Her voice is as incredible as its always been and despite the 80's production it's still undeniably her and has distinct elements of her style. I like the single, but it doesn't have a well defined hook, which is what I think the criticism is over.

I also don't get the 80's dissing. Musicians have been riffing on retro styles since there was music to be remembered. Should we jump on Todd Rundgren for copping the sound of 50's rock and 60's soul in the early 70's?

octobeard, Thursday, 4 March 2021 07:43 (two months ago) link

I mean, quit looking at it as pastiche and nostalgia mining and start looking at it as making new art with an established tool box.

otfm

octobeard, Thursday, 4 March 2021 07:44 (two months ago) link

'new'

it's not that this is mining the 80s, it's the degree to which it sounds like a direct unaltered copy

imago, Thursday, 4 March 2021 20:18 (two months ago) link

http://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/A17LM3kHXuL._SS500_.jpg

Album out in July, second song "Church Girl" out today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHdIqqUZLoM

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 12:10 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

I really can't get enough of this chorus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-I5jF1fDcw

Johnny Fever, Friday, 16 April 2021 12:12 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

A (Google-sponsored?) dance video and remix by Dmitri from Paris:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cHh2EAupZ0

vcrash, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:25 (one week ago) link

And, for completeness, the Romare remix:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cdwxB7AM3o

vcrash, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:26 (one week ago) link

came here to post that Romare remix, it’s fantastic

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 11:09 (three days ago) link

...and it isolates that chorus to mantra-like effect!

xps to JF

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 11:37 (three days ago) link


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