Boomkat Product Review:
Bella Union have signed Laura Groves, who is for our money one of the most unique yet memorable singer-songwriters of our time, following a string of choice work with Bullion, and lending her voice to records by Sampha, The Paul Institute and Darkstar.
Sparkling with pop magic and spelt with a storyteller’s suss, ‘A Private Road’ is the definitive Laura Groves record. It’s mostly self-produced and performed by the West Yorkshire lass, and draws from her observations of life in her South London dream grounds, describing, as she says; “snapshots of late night journeys across the river, the sparks of love that transform us and keep us going, the dead ends that the mind can lead us down, the erotic, the visible and invisible places we pass through as they merge and are erased and overwritten.” It’s hard not to compare her chops here to her previous releases with Bullion, but that’s probably because they’re both besotted with classic pop, from Fleetwood Mac to Paddy McAloon and Sade, who all richly inform her crystalline, poetic distillations of daily doings and ephemeral atmospheres.
Anyone seeking highlights should run to her lead single ‘Infinite Wisdom’ for the kind of husky but effervescent vox heard on her Nautic releases, gilded with a melodic glyde, and likewise ’Sunset’ which channels Sade via Hype Williams in acres of fuzzy reverb, and allow yourself to melt into the blissed McAloonian turns of phrase on her velvet-coated centrepiece, ‘Red.’