Way back in March we let our mind wander off on its own while listening to Laurel’s stunningly dark, dramatic and mesmeric “To The Hills”, and it came back with a highly entertaining but frankly ludicrous theory as to what it meant.
We shouldn’t have been surprised really, partially because when our mind tends to wander there is no telling where it is going to go (as anyone who read our Saint Agnes preview would testify) but also because Laurel has a habit of taking your mind on a journey with her music. Her soft, ebbing melodies can, in the case of “Shells” for example, feel like a walk through a silent, dusky wood. Intricate rhythms reveal themselves like branches cracking underfoot as you walk, discovering new wonders behind each tree, beyond each hillock and ditch. Her voice is enchanting, almost choral at times and definitely the kind that would cause many a shipwreck were she inclined to spend her time sat atop a rock by the sea.
She is about to release her latest EP, Holy Water, which includes the fabulous “Memorials” and the stunning “Come Together” (which features and was co-written with Sivu, another blog favourite of ours). The latter is gorgeously different to its predecessors, it pulses and throbs with dark, seductive electronics; their respective vocals entwined in a dangerously hypnotic manner, almost as if they are enticing you to a den of inequity, ready to corrupt your fragile and willing mind. The track is almost liquid like, dripping and undulating, finding a way into every crevice of your soul.
Holy Water is due out on 15 December for what should surely be the first wave of a full on assault on 2015. We stand ready to be corrupted and we expect many many others will be as well.