The follow-up EP to Laura Groves’ previous release, Thinking About Thinking, Committed Language is a four track EP of sensual R&B style rhythms with some nice grooves and beats which flirts with electronic lounge music. It’s all brought together by Groves’ crisp voice which is both vulnerable and empowering.
On 12” vinyl.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 March 2015
Laura Groves - she does what she likes. Not a chant that will likely resonate around football grounds the length and breadth of the country but having started out as a folky singer songwriter she’s passed through the slick, sleek yacht-rock group Nautic and now is channelling her inner Kate Bush with this EP of sweeping, swooping 80’s pop.
It’s all fairlight synths and fretless bass, the title track wanders this way and that as if trying to find its way onto ‘The Hounds of Love’, Groves voice is a wild unrestrained thing, leaping octaves as if her life depends on it - thing is - she’s no Kate Bush….and it shows. It just doesn’t have *that* thing - perhaps she’s overstretching at times because on the Fleetwood Mac ‘Tango Is The Night’ soft shoe shuffle of ‘Dream Story’ her voice is as sweet as honey.
The tracks overleaf are slower, dreamier and more ‘Red Shoes’. ‘Mystique’ has the breezy feel of her work with Nautic and has a lovely laconic laziness. She never sits still musically so her stuff is always worth investigation….and she has a great fringe.
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