Låpsley | Station

January 2, 2014 at 11:57 am 2 comments

This new song, “Station”, from Liverpool’s Låpsley (aka youngster Holly Lapsley Fletcher) might remind you a little of James Blake, with its ultra downtempo rhythm and deceptively minimalist arrangement. The song consists of a intermittent bass beat (kick drum), keyboard, hand-claps, and multiple vocal pitches, one that sounds like a male high falsetto that overlaps beautifully with two or three layers of more female-sounding vocal utterances and phrases. “Station” is an otherworldly beauty. Even if you can’t quite make out what’s being sung (“Two for the taking”“‘Cuz I could walk you back to the station”“It’s gonna drive you back down the roads and the streets and pavements”) in some of the acapella-styled vocals, it all feels like lovelorn romance told in soulful snippets, smart micro-beats, and exquisitely shaped vocals that interact with each other like the soft caresses of skin on skin. It’s a gorgeous union. Or perhaps more accurately, it’s like a dance between vocals, each filling the silence of the other at the right time. I love the clickety phonetic sounds of the verse, “Say I want you back chat back stab say I never wanted that …” (Mimicking the hand-claps with its sharp consonants.) Part of the ingenuity of verse is its run-on quality, with no need for vocal pauses or punctuation, which creates more interplay between the words. That’s lovely. Låpsley has been posting music for a year now at her soundcloud page, including the four-song “Monday EP”. You can follow her at facebook and bandcamp. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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  • 1. Andreea Ardeleanu  |  January 30, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Such a dreamy tune .. and how their voices fit perfectly! Thanks for introducing me to this good song.

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    • 2. daviddrobbins  |  January 30, 2014 at 4:37 am

      You’re very welcome, Andreea. Glad you like it. I’m a big fan of that song too. Best wishes!

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