Lapsley is the solo project of one Holly Fletcher, producing mournful neo-synth-soul. The best part of Station is probably the vocals on the title track, in which Lapsley sings in both her ‘normal’ voice and in a pitch-shifted male-sounding voice, Fever Ray style. A crafty tactic, indicative of a great musical intelligence.
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With the potential to be the best thing out of Southport since Marc Almond, Lapsley is the latest hotly tipped starlet on the books of XL and it's rare that they make big clunking mistakes. On 'Station' she makes very minimal neo-soul with her voice duetting with itself. By the wonders of modern technology she makes herself into a man to sing one of the melody lines and retains her birth gender of woman for the other. In reality it's a nice slab of post James Blake that thank goodness retains an edge not to stray into Adele territory. Overleaf is more of much more standard ballad - she uses a similar trick of harmonising with herself but it's just stops short of straddling too close to that The Voice flame.
For God's sake XL - keep her weird.
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