Saturday, 31 December 2016
My Favourite Albums of 2016: #24 Låpsley - Long Way Home
One of the nicest things about being a music fan is discovering a talented artist in their very early stages and then, because of that talent, watch their careers grow. Such is the way with Låpsley who first appeared on Breaking More Waves on the 28th December 2013 as an unsigned singer and producer with a disarmingly beautiful, minimal, pitch-shifted vocal ‘duet’ called Station. From that point a deal with XL Records followed and in 2016 Holly Lapsley Fletcher’s debut album Long Way Home followed. The question here was how could she possibly create an album that matched the sleek simplicity of Station?
The answer was, she didn’t need to. Long Way Home was much more fully fleshed than might be expected. The likes of Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me) found her going up-tempo, reaching out to the disco and sounding a little like a lost M People tune, whilst Hurt Me was a big electronic pop ballad that managed to sound grandiose and intimate in equal measure. Long Way Home was a highly cohesive debut record that has provided the footing for Holly to go in any direction she wants in the future. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.
Låpsley - Hurt Me (Video)