Her dad is a leading water engineer and this album’s title track sees Låpsley reciting snippets from one of his climate-change speeches, which she then samples over sparse, sombre piano chords, industrial percussion clanks and foreboding synth stabs.
Låpsley’s second album flows on from her four-track These Elements EP, which dropped last December, and these companion releases share two tracks: My Love Was Like the Rain, which sees Låpsley choosing to embrace her flaws (“I wear them like a fragrance”) and Ligne 3 – a song that channels the melancholy beauty of Kate Bush’s masterpiece This Woman’s Work. While creating this latest batch of material, Låpsley worked closely with Theo Brown (XL’s in-house engineer) and production is minimal, intuitive and atmospheric throughout.
During Our Love Is a Garden, Låpsley’s vocal timbre – often described as androgynous – evokes The Temper Trap’s Dougy Mandagi. When Låpsley sings, her voice is as pure and optimistic as divine light. Short interlude Leeds Liverpool Canal offsets military-precision beats with ascending/descending piano trills and the sound of lapping water. Although Through Water navigates heavy themes (Sadness Is a Shade of Blue), hopeful moments such as Låpsley’s latest, danceable single Womxn – an ode to her self-assured future self – lift us up.
After taking a year away from music to recalibrate, Through Water showcases Låpsley in full bloom. A mesmeric collection of songs with substance in abundance.
Through Water by Låpsley is out March 20 via XL/Remote Control.
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