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Sing to the Moon

by Tony Pinizzotto
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Sunday Jun 30, 2013
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From the first moment you begin to listen to "Sing To The Moon," the debut album by singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, you know you’re in for something incredibly different and innovative. "Sing To The Moon" fuses a soul-filled orchestral sound with warm, luscious, embracing harmonies and coddling, thick, rich song passages.

Her melodic intonations are comparable to so many, while staying original through and through. The 26-year-old’s sound remains unique; giving distinctive nods to other artists, as well as her Caribbean background. Channeling the likes of Nina Simone and Bjork (et. al.), Mvula is classically trained. She artistically melds her Caribbean influences into a modern and contemporary cadence not to be missed.

Mvula’s opening SONG, "Like The Morning Dew" maintains unusual and dissonant harmonics, soothing melodies, and are backed with the distant pulse of Caribbean Brass and March-like back beats. Arguably, one of the strongest tracks on "Sing To The Moon" is "That’s Alright," an upbeat, strong and anthem-like declaration of self-respect. In it Mvula embraces her differences as something to be celebrated. With "Green Garden" she weaves in electronic back-up vocals and channels an Amy Winehouse-like acclamation. "Can’t Live With The World" is reminiscent of a more magical and more gentle Annie Lennox ballad.

Just when you think you’re traveling down her road of songwriting, she detours your path, as to take your hand and say, "Here, come this way and follow me. I have a new secret to share with you."

"Sing to the Moon" puts its listeners into a relaxing, meditative mood, with entrancing style from start to finish. Alluring and hypnotic, Mvula has a wonderful way of breaking her songs into mini-passages. Just when you think you’re traveling down her road of songwriting, she detours your path, as to take your hand and say, "Here, come this way and follow me. I have a new secret to share with you."

Laura Mvula is beautiful, with a voice to match. Laura Mvula’s music emulates her stunning and distinctive look. Formally trained at the Birmingham Conservatorie, Mvula started writing songs on her laptop while working as a supply teacher in a Birmingham secondary school. Mvula recently announced her North American tour, beginning in September at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg; then playing Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and ending at LA’s El Rey Theatre.

Laura Mvula’s voice defies gravity, and "Sing To The Moon" is nothing short of celestial.

"Sing To The Moon"
Laura Mvula
Columbia Records
CD $14.99/$18.00 (Deluxe Version)
http://www.lauramvula.com

by Laura Mvula

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