Laura Mvula's Brand New Album 'Sing to the Moon

Laura Mvula’s ‘She’ somehow created the same atmosphere Ladysmith Black Mambazo tends to do, sounding so very simplistic and spiritual. This was the first release from the Brummie singer/songwriter who in such a short space of time has rightfully earned recognition including a BRIT Award Critics Choice nomination this year. Today (4th March 2013) sees the release of Sing to the Moon, the debut album that includes ‘She’ and the more recent single ‘Green Garden’.

Green Garden Official Music Video

Visually Laura Mvula is a breath of fresh air – strikingly gorgeous. In a world full of flowing hair (real and fake alike), and booty shaking dance routines, Mvula is in a more demure league – a way that you could say has more recently been paved by the likes of Emeli Sandé and Jessie Ware. And Jessie Ware rates her too, which is why Laura Mvula will be supporting the UK leg of her tour throughout March.

Of course looks are not everything, but there is something about Laura Mvula’s beauty that is a reflection of and reflected in her music. Upon initial listening of Sing to the Moon, it’s difficult to dissect and critique each song due to its overwhelming beauty as a package. It’s fair to say that it is intelligent and not just because she studied composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. Her God-given voice alone carries maturity with a womanly confidence that need not prove its worth through warbling and vocal acrobatics. The layering and attention to detail in vocals and harmony further uplift the soul and yet each song sounds as if it were composed for a film soundtrack. Rather than opting for electronic instruments, the album is made up of various live instruments from the acoustic bass to bell sounds.

Sing to the Moon has elements of jazz, R&B, gospel and classical music. For those who appreciate music beyond the familiar sounds that are presented to them, you’d be a fool not to get familiar with Laura Mvula.


Natalie Ferrol