Remember Gabrielle Aplin? Of course you do – sweet songs, sort of inoffensive, went from being a You Tube sensation with a bunch of cover versions (she’s now had 80 million views on You Tube), to self-releasing a number of successful EPs, bagging a major label deal and covered Frankie Goes To Hollywood for THAT advert. We wrote about her quite a lot 'back in the day.'
Well now she returns with a new album due in September which apparently was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production of Feist’s The Reminder. First up is the title track to the album, which whilst not exactly turning Gabrielle into the new queen of riot grrrl or hardcore punk, does find her brandishing her knuckles a little and embracing a rockier more American sound, with a few bonus country twangs for good measure. Light Up The Dark has some similarity to the likes of artists like KT Tunstall, Texas or Sheryl Crow, and marks a change in direction at the sign marked bad-ass. How this tune will fare with her fan base will be interesting to see, but the initial reaction seems to be favourable, perhaps proving that people can appreciate a good song, whatever the style.
Gabrielle Aplin - Light Up The Dark (Video)