Review: Long Way Home by Låpsley

Long Way Home by LåpsleyIt’s easy to put Låpsley among the ranks of minimal R&B artists taking indie imaginations by storm. Long Way Home doesn’t exactly dispel that: apart from a few surprise variations (like the surprisingly upbeat “Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)”, a track wrapped around a warm Motown embrace) the music of English singer-songwriter Holly Fletcher fits the template. Her voice is both enigmatic and accessible (“Hurt Me”, the single, shows this off best) and towards the end things take a turn towards the Jamie xx school. But not really: Låpsley manages to just escape that stereotype. Long Way Home feels warmer than its contemporaries: less dread-inducing (I mean this in a good way), more welcoming-with-a-sinister-feel. You know the twist is coming in the end. You’re lulled into a false sense of security. Låpsley starts opening up bit by bit and, just like that, it’s familiar and uncomfortable and oddly exciting. [NB]3/5

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