Sometimes you hear a song and it just doesn’t connect. It’s no one’s fault really. I’m busy, my blog isn’t my full-time job and I have to be picky when it comes to the artists I choose to spotlight. While I’d received press releases about British singer/songwriter Laura Welsh in the past, it wasn’t until I heard her latest single, “Break The Fall” that her music really connected with me. “Break The Fall” is out August 11th in the UK (via Outsiders/Polydor Records) but it’s currently available to download/stream in the U.S. as part of Welsh’s self-titled EP (iTunes). The single is backed by an impressive remix package, including mixes by Gemini, Embody, Pitron & Sanna, Apple Bottom and Ninetoes. Check out the video for “Break The Fall” BELOW.
27 year-old Laura Welsh is a complete original. While she shares similarities with some of her big-voiced pop contemporaries (i.e. – Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Adele and Clare Maguire), Welsh shines on her own. The press release calls her a “modern pop force with an irresistible voice,” and goes on to praise the “melancholy meets anthemic euphoria” quality that comes through in her music. I’m not sure why earlier songs I’d heard failed to make an impression, but she has me hooked with “Break The Fall,” that’s for damn sure. Welsh’s brassy vocals splashed over Emile Haynie‘s (Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey) sparkling electro-pop production make for the perfect pop anthem.
“Break The Fall” starts out right with some Adele-style “Rolling In The Deep” chants and a pounding drum beat before launching into the MASSIVE chorus that perfectly showcases Welsh’s powerful vocal chops. Not the happiest song, “Break The Fall” was actually inspired by the stinging betrayal that ultimately lead to the breakdown of a marriage within her family. Tough stuff for sure, but Welsh’s powerful voice serves as the perfect vessel through which to tell the story.
Laura Welsh first piqued the interest of music taste-makers and bloggers (myself excluded…FORGIVE ME LAURA WELSH!) following the release of last year’s Dev Hynes (AKA Blood Orange) produced “Unravel,” and subsequent releases, “Cold Front” and “Undiscovered.” Her upcoming debut album, Soft Control, will feature collaborations with the aforementioned Dev Hynes, as well as Robin Hannibal (of Rhye), Jonathan Lipsey (Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse), Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Beck), Babydaddy (from Scissor Sisters) and the legendary Amanda Ghost (Beyoncé, Shakira).
When it comes to female pop singers, it takes a lot to stand out. What makes Laura Welsh stand out is her voice. It’s full of character. Charisma. It’s full-bodied and very versatile. Welsh can sing a big ballad…she can sing on a high energy dance track (and has, Gorgon City‘s UK Top 5 hit “Here For You“)…hell, I’m pretty sure she could sing on Broadway. For the time being, Welsh seems to have found her niche in pop music and I for one can’t wait to see what she does next.
Check out the video for “Break The Fall” below. Americans, be sure and download her self-titled EP (artwork above) on iTunes while UK fans can pre-order new single, “Break The Fall,” (iTunes) out August 11th.