As you can probably tell from the kinds of music that we choose to showcase on this site, we’re often not paying a large amount of attention to music that is not found hiding under rocks (or at least in basements or other hidden spaces). But sometimes the interesting and the joy inducing of the music making lot are in the right place at the right time enough (or whatever), and find themselves in a bright spotlight. And that here appears to be the case with LAURA MVULA, a British singer/songwriter who released her first EP late last year and followed it up with an LP called SING TO THE MOON earlier this year on label behemoth, RCA VICTOR. I’m catching up with Mvula just after she has released a single called “She” from that record. It was one of the other tracks from the single (and album) that sent me writing about this woman and her music though. “Like The Morning Dew” is absolutely one of the most gorgeous songs that I have heard in some time. I am a massive classic gospel/R&B/soul fan, and the production here, coupled with the singer and her song is true. No doubt an update, but if not for the production and BEACH BOYS/DIRTY PROJECTORS/TV ON THE RADIO-like outburst of the chorus, this would simply be a great neo-soul example (LAURYN HILL would be an obvious touchstone, and is an artist that MVULA has directly cited as an inspiration). A well crafted pop soul melody, lush almost psychedelic production, and a modern sensibility that doesn’t detract from the proceedings add up to me, thinking that you, should check this out.
An Interview with Mei Semones
This recent Berklee graduate talks about the personal meaning behind some of her music, her bands/other musical acts, and her future plans in this interview with the Hassle