Laura, Laura and Laura
Three gorgeous women, three gorgeous voices. And they’re all named Laura!
Laura Mvula is a young, British soul-singer with a big, lush, smoky voice. There's a touch of baroque in her songs, a touch of torch singer. She travels from big diva ballads to mysterious, intimate introspections.
It is hard to avoid asking whether she is the "new Adele", but she brings more to my mind Nina Simone. Her debut CD, Sing to the Moon, is out now on RCA Victor. The single, Green Garden, is a fair introduction:
Laura Marling, based in London, brings romantic folk singing. Her's is an organic and fresh sound, although she won the Best Female Solo artists at the 2011 Brit Awards and this is her 4th CD. Laura Marling sings of loves won and lost, at the one moment soaring and the next reserved. There's touches of romance and secret comforts. References back to the style of Joni Mitchell are clear.
The first single is Master Hunter and it is accompanied by a beautiful, but unsettling video:
Laura Viers is releasing her 9th CD of hopeful indie-folk tunes in August. Again working with her longtime collaborator and husband, Tucker Martine, she brings forward literate, alluding guitar-based songs. With bittersweet melodies, there is a gracefulness and beguiling nature to her work. Based now in Portland, it is hard to recognize the all-girl punk background from which she began her musical career.
"Sun Song" is the first single from Warp & Weft (Nonesuch Records), and features Neko Case on vocal harmonies.