Boomkat Product Review:
21-year-old Laura Groves from the West Yorkshire town of Shipley recorded this album among friends in whatever living rooms were available at the time, and yet despite her newcomer status and the humble circumstances of production, this album resounds with confidence and proficiency. Comparisons to Joanna Newsom are fairly inevitable and Groves certainly wouldn't be done a disservice by such references - both artists have pristine, characterful vocal deliveries and manage to find ways of presenting their songs within a finely crafted instrumental context. While Newsom has her harp, Groves switches between various contraptions; from piano to guitar, and on the beautiful 'Doubtful Comforts' turning to a music box. The song itself carries favourable reminders of Bjork's 'Undo' and moves away from the chamber-folk sound that tends to preside over Groves' music. This eponymous debut is commendable not only for being such a firm-footed, well-realised affair but also for conveying a far-reaching emotional openness that's perhaps a marker of its author's youth. Tracks like 'Does Anyone Love Me Now?' conjure up almost painfully candid imagery, yet stop well short of being outright cloying, instead merely sounding honest.