The ‘L’ section of our ongoing alphabetical run-down of 2014’s best new music features Lapsley, Liam McClair and Law Holt.
Lapsley is the eponymous project of Liverpudlian singer and producer Holly Lapsley Fletcher, who is still only in her late teens. This youth is belied by her intricate, restrained music, which bears comparison with some of the most-hyped bands of the last few years – Grimes, James Blake, the XX.
From a parochial point of view, it’s good to see a Brit producing wonky indie-soul music that could potentially stand alongside the best examples of the genre from the likes of How To Dress Well and Dirty Projectors. In a few years, Lapsley could become a similar proposition.
be original. make your own 'sample'. there is a finite number of 90s songs.
— Låpsley (@MusicLapsley) July 27, 2014
We’re big fans of Liam’s at Clowdy, having followed his career from an early stage and even organised a live session with him and a number of other Manchester musicians. He recently released a new EP, Honey, and has developed a significant live following across the north-west.
Although his talent was clear even in the rougher early demos, the production on his latest tracks really allows his voice and songwriting skills to shine. Tracks like Fall Down have really benefited from the treatment, suggesting Liam could find himself playing to bigger audiences around the UK in the near future.
Law Holt makes soul music, but not necessarily the kind that would go down well on Radio 2 of a Wednesday evening. She’s associated with Edinburgh group Young Fathers and shares their willingness to reinvent old sounds through cutting-edge production. Holt’s voice is remarkable, drawing comparisons to Grace Jones at her weirdest and Laura Mvula at her most strident.
Her image has won almost as much acclaim as her music, and with good reason – she’s achieved the rare feat of looking iconic before actually becoming an icon. No news as of yet on a debut album, but we’re keeping our ears peeled.
Follow her on Twitter here.