laura mvula’s debut record ‘sing to the moon’ is a futuristic rnb symphony. check it out! #soundcheck

March 13, 2013

Laura Mvula’s debut record Sing to the Moon is glorious. No two ways about it. A modern take on retro sounds, the onetime composition student has created a futuristic RnB symphony. Layering her voice into a choir on top of minimal accompaniment, the songs are deceptively simple. The depth comes in the way she uses a handful of instruments, mostly percussion, and her velvet voice to build songs up. And there’s a lot of depth here.

From album opener “Like the Morning Dew” to the electro-jazz closer “Unbelievable Dream” there’s a palpable joy radiating through her music. Even the sadder tracks like “She” dig to find the beauty in sadness. And every detail, from the arrangements to the handclaps is carefully and perfectly placed. This is the kind of album that launches long careers. It’s rare that an artist’s debut would find them with so fully developed a sound and in such control of their art.

The record is out now. You can pick it up on iTunes or Amazon.

– Words by Nathan Leigh