Laurel gives us two powerhouse singles in ‘Crave’ and ‘Same Mistakes’

There’s a reason LAUREL‘s music is so immediately captivating – it’s because it feels real. There’s a rawness in both her voice and production that the UK singer has kept untouched in the making of both ‘Crave’ and ‘Same Mistakes’ that sets her apart from the pack.

The two singles, taken from her upcoming debut album DOGVIOLET, out August 24 on Counter Records/Ninja Tune via Inertia Music, demonstrate the singer’s mind-blowing vocal prowess to its highest potential. While her rich and booming voice will remind you of Florence Welch, there’s a grittiness in Laurel‘s music that makes all the difference.

In ‘Crave’, we’re washed over with sounds of a coast before the bass drum crashes in with Laurel‘s voice floating in gently behind it. When she sings “Why don’t you crave me?” over that delicately strummed chorus, the solemnity in her voice is almost palpable. You hear every falter and every grunt, but that raw emotion doesn’t sour the glistening and soaring feel of the track overall. Laurel has married the two elements together perfectly.

When it comes to ‘Same Mistakes’, the song hits a little harder from the moment those crunchy guitars begin. “I don’t want you, but I still want you to love me” is a line that stands out, showing not only Laurel‘s remarkable ability to tap into the complexity of love, but of her potentially universal appeal. By the time she hits the last chorus, her vulnerable angst hits its peak and gives us the least polished moment between these two tracks. It’s completely euphoric, and it will send chills down every last limb.

Laurel‘s debut album DOGVIOLET is out Friday, August 24 on Counter Records/Ninja Tune via Inertia Music.

Words by JACKSON LANGFORD

Image: Andrea Mae Perez

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