Soulful singer Laura Mvula pays homage to the sounds of 80s new wave and dance-pop, as heard in her new album Pink Noise.
Birmingham-born artist Laura Mvula grew up loving Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire and singing in her auntie’s a cappella choir. Her thrilling and tender gospel pop has been nominated twice for the Mercury Prize, first for her debut album Sing Me To The Moon (2013) then for its follow up, The Dreaming Room (2016). A third, much anticipated album, Pink Noise, was released in July. Packed with 1980s-styled power pop bangers like Church Girl and Safe Passage, it features fierce synth lines and a touch of Grace Jones’s angular sensuality.
In the past, Mvula has written music for a theatre production of Antony & Cleopatra by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hers has always been a strong, soulful voice and she has developed an increasingly confident and unique aesthetic throughout the years – both sonically and visually.
A glorious immersion in 80s pop
The Guardian on Pink Noise