The Symphonic Side Of Laura Mvula's 'Sing To The Moon'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Orchestral elements were searingly present in the folds and creases of Sing To The Moon, Laura Mvula's 2013 breakout stunner that gave us such woven soul and jazz tapestries as "Green Garden" and "She", but now those elements are exemplified times 110 on Mvula's latest passion project. With Netherlands own iconic Metropole Orkest and recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the Birmingham vocalist takes Sing To The Moon to new sophisticated depths, carving out a whole new way to listen to an already-unique project.

While some of the funky bite that made Sing To The Moon such a modernized nod towards psychedelic soul is softened, it glimmers with stark freshness allowing a lot of the lyrics to ring out with a bolder reflective narrative that compliments rather than hinders. Some songs on the original album were made to be re-worked this way, but there are pleasant surprises when you've got swaths of horns transforming "Make You Lovely" into a brash Bond theme song and "Can't Live With The World" sounding like the classic Disney lullaby it should have been. Even notable singles like "That's Alright" and especially "She" take on soul shivering qualities. You can experience the exquisite new threads Sing To The Moon sports by streaming the album after the cut, or over on Spotify.


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