Here's my review for the Lincoln based singer/songwriter Lauren Davidson. Her debut EP, One More Year, is now available on itunes and Spotify.
From the very opening of this four track EP, you get the impression that Lauren Davidson is a singer/songwriter already with plenty of confidence and maturity. The production of the songs is simple but provides space for her voice, sounding like an earthier, more direct, Joni Mitchell. There is both a playfulness and a restraint that allows the melodies to slowly filter through to you, like sunlight through leaves. Indeed the four songs seem perfect as a soundtrack for daydreaming on a summer’s afternoon.
‘There’s no doubt we’re getting older,’ she sings on opener Butterflies and Washing Lines, a song which sets up the ambience of a lost arcadia. Each song is infused with a sense of the wistful – a desire to hold on to moments of experience whilst finding joy in their transformative briefness. ‘Reminiscing leads to missing what it's all about’ she tells us on Thick As Thieves. Her lyrics waver between poetry and the vernacular.
Davidson uses mood and melody in a way that recalls the Swedish duo, First Aid Kit. One More Year sparkles with a sense of the ‘true’ that is the heartbeat of folk music, but, it also suggests that this Lincoln based songwriter is capable of more. Each of the four songs give up new layers on repeated listens and by the end of a sunny afternoon you can’t help but feel that in one more year Lauren Davidson ought to be far better known.