Megan’s Pick: Laura Mvula – “Sing to the Moon”
Release Date: April 16, 2013 (US) | March 4, 2013 (UK)
Key Tracks: “She”, “Father, Father”, “Sing to the Moon”, “Green Garden”
I have developed a weakness for Soul/R&B and Jazz/Blues music, and have an album here that I have had on repeat for the past week. When I discovered Laura Mvula, I was instantly hooked. Her music reminisces classic soul, similar to Nina Simone even, but with a modern twist.
Sing to the Moon is pretty incredible. Though a combination of old time jazz and film scores, her music still feels new and intriguing. One of the key elements to her music is, as declared by Stephen Thompson (NPR), “heavily Vocoder-enhanced choruses, a la Imogen Heap.” The surprising and exciting harmonies on “She” were the first thing that caught my attention, so I was ecstatic when I stumbled upon her April 2013 release Sing to the Moon.
My favorite track off the album would have to be “Father, Father” – a track so pure, so honest, and so simple, I could listen to this song on repeat for hours. You can see a stripped down version of the song here.
BBC named Mvula one of the ‘Sound Of 2013’ artists, just like Jessie J, Adele, and Florence + The Machine have all been in the past. She is sure to pop up all over the place following the release of her debut album, so make sure to give Sing to the Moon a listen.