East London-based singer-songwriter Laurel has released her debut folk album ‘Dogviolet’ which explores the bittersweet feeling of love.
Laurel’s sound takes inspiration from Laura Marling who was one of her first loves back when she was only 13. It was at that age where she picked up her first Spanish guitar and began to capture unrequited moments.
‘Dogviolet’ captures just that. The tender feelings of falling in and out of love. Laurel’s lyrics have a precious fragility about them “You played with me like I was a devil, and I played with you like you were just a man” from the first track ‘Life Worth Living’ plays with inequalities in relationships.
Her songs are thrilling, replete with personal lyrics through husky expressions that draws on the likes of Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine and Beach House.
Home recording was key to the success of this album she says: “I wrote these songs at home often locking myself away for periods of time in order to capture the true mania that comes from love; although a beautiful feeling, it can often feel a lot uglier.”
There is a clear emotional essence which is mostly found in the blues within ‘Dogviolet’. Laurel shares the label ‘Ninja Tunes’ with iconic lyricists such as Kate Tempest and Jordan Rakei whilst her production sounds similar to ODESZA who are also feature on ‘Ninja Tunes’.
The narrative of love is throughout ‘Dogviolet’ which glosses over each emotion from passion, lust and jealousy throughout every track. Laurel says, “to capture the true mania that comes from love; although a beautiful feeling, it can often feel a lot uglier.”
Laurel has finished her UK tour now but is currently touring Europe and due to finish on the 2nd of November. Tour dates can be found here! Please do check out Laurel’s latest album ‘Dogviolet’ if you want to experience a whirlwind of romantic narratives fitted to effortless harmonies and soft cinematic chamber pop.
Peace and love,