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“I can’t find the answers for myself/ It’s easier to help somebody else,” Laura Fell laments on ‘Cold’, the second single from her upcoming debut album, “Safe from Me”. A psychotherapist by day, it’s perhaps no surprise that the London-based artist’s music is imbued with a sense of vulnerability and keen self-awareness, but it also serves as a subtle means by which to challenge some of those assumptions – the record is less about finding answers than the discoveries that arise simply from the process of introspection, and ‘Cold’ is a stunning embodiment of that.

The song started as a spare arrangement before it took on a new shape in the studio, and the final result is lavish and engrossing as Fell’s quietly elegant vocals crawl around layers of ominous percussion; ‘Bone of Contention’ unravels with a similar kind of mystical beauty and poetic suggestion as Fell explores a love triangle gone wrong.

The instrumentation throughout Safe from Me is wonderfully organic and refined, with Fell having recruited a group of classically trained musicians to help realize her artistic vision, but it’s the songwriter’s knack for penning empathetic, nuanced folk songs and wrapping them around her enchanting voice that renders it such a compelling listen.
A psychotherapist by day, Laura Fell’s upcoming debut album, ’Safe from Me’, is a search for answers from a woman always expected to have them to hand, and the self-punishing frustration that assumption brings. Fell’s dedication to this journey of self-discovery was unquestionable from the off, so much so that her peers questioned her sanity. Holding down three jobs to fund the record, Fell was determined that the songs would go far beyond their acoustic guitar genesis, assembling classically trained musicians and their flugelhorns, cellos, saxophones and double bass to fully realise her vision. Lead single ‘Bone of Contention’ was the first of those fully fleshed-out arrangements to be shared. Incredibly refined, ‘Bone of Contention’ shares the elegance of a painting that stands proudly at the top of a stately home staircase, more hidden details emerging with each glance – the airy synths, sweeping strings and the richness of Fell’s Aldous Harding-echoing vocal dawning on you with every play. “Bone of Contention” is an exercise in anger. I’ve always struggled to feel anger without also feeling out of control, and therefore disempowered. What this song is about is allowing myself to sit with my anger, and ending up finding clarity and power within it,” Fell explains.

Based out of London, Laura Fell is a songwriter by night, and a psychotherapist by day. Laura is the first signing to the fabulous music-blog, turned soon-to-be fabulous record label, Ballon Machine, and is gearing up to the November release of her debut LP, “Safe From Me”, a record described as, “a search for answers from a woman always expected to have them to hand”. This week Laura has shared the first single from the record, “Bone Of Contention”.

“Bone of contention is an exercise in anger”, explains Laura, a song about, “allowing myself to sit with my anger, and ending up finding clarity and power within it”. While Laura started her creative journey writing poetry, it’s arguably the skilled arrangement here that shines brightest, as Laura’s lithe lyricism is combined with steady acoustic guitars, the warm pulse of upright bass and the contrasting flutter of lightweight synths, that dance atop the mix like leaves blown around by the wind. Ambitious musicality, sitting alongside an undeniable way with words and a voice every bit the match of Nadine Shah or Aldous Harding: on this evidence Laura Fell is a talent the world won’t be able to ignore for long.

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Fell’s dedication to this journey of self-discovery was unquestionable from the off, so much so that her peers questioned her sanity. Holding down three jobs to fund the record, Fell was determined that the songs would go far beyond their acoustic guitar genesis, assembling classically trained musicians to fully realise her vision.

Safe From Me is out November 20th via Balloon Machine.