Rooftops – Laura James (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

14702399_10153748578987260_1597479584799105647_nThis “lament to Liverpool” covers a lot of ground over its four or so minutes. It starts by dwelling in minimalism and atmospherics as Laura’s emotive and crystal voice yearns for the city she left for London’s bright lights. A heartbeat drum builds the dynamic, not to mention the tension, before the song explores its glorious potential of expansive vocal treatments and widescreen cinematic lustre.

It feels like part of the soundtrack to a film not yet made, one about new lives, new adventures but one cocooned in nostalgia and wistful reflections. Soundtracks are usually the add on to a finished film production, a score to underline the visuals on the screen, but if ever a song demanded a film be shaped around its slow burning grandeur then this is it. Who’s up for the challenge?



About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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One Response to Rooftops – Laura James (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  1. What a lovely voice she has!

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