Låpsley – Understudy EP (2015)

Låpsley, aka Holly Lapsley Fletcher, has dropped a fresh EP to let everyone know that 2015 is going to be all about Låpsley. Winner of the ‘Blog Sound of 2015′ award, previously won by kick-ass group HAIM, she came onto the scene in 2014 and has been gaining momentum at a rapid pace.

Falling Short showcases negative sound, in the same way an image is strengthened by negative space, and utilises minimal popping beats, raw piano and vocal manipulation to send you into a mesmerising trance. She uses depth and space to present a truly dimensional experience. Close your eyes and let the song create a visual for you.

Dancing is the song that steals the show away from the lead single. Warm synth sends an eerie mist of bass that climaxes at the 2:10 mark of the song when it cuts and leaves you needing more. The story isn’t told through the lyrics, it’s told through the dynamics. 8896 and Brownlow round out the EP nicely with their unpolished, but calmly satisfying synthetic pulsations. Listen for the moment when Brownlow climaxes at its final breath.

Overall, Understudy is a dynamic journey through an ambient labyrinth, narrated through angelic vocals. There is still some work that needs to be done, but Låpsley is not going to be content with slipping by unnoticed. Watch this space.

Rating: 4/5

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