I first heard of UK singer Lianne La Havas about a year ago, with the “Black Cab Sessions“, and she literally blew my mind. Months have passed and she is getting more and more recognition, deservedly so. After several releases and many performances, the talented lady finally released her debut EP, the incredible Lost & Found EP. I know I have a tendency to use this sort of adjective a lot and anything I post on this blog is always something I love, but some artists or projects touch me more than others. In that case, I sometimes feel words are not really appropriate to express the depth and extent of what I feel when listening to the music.
While I already loved Lianne La Havas voice and style before, I have to admit the single, and more precisely the video, Lost & Found moved me so intensely I couldn’t help but cry. I won’t go into details, but suffice to say that I could relate to the words and feelings expressed. The wonderful video only enhanced the atmosphere of the song and made it all the more powerful (props to Colin Solal Cardo for this masterpiece). As I was thinking about the song yesterday, I realised that this is the kind of music that is deeply personal, as it comes from the artist’s own experience, but also universal as people can relate to it, even though they haven’t been through exactly the same thing. I believe that is one of the reasons why this particular song is so beautiful and precious.
Even though the title track holds a special place in my heart, the other two songs you can find on the EP, Liar and Empty are equally beautiful and share this particular quality of universal intimacy. Dealing with love and relationships from different perspectives, both tracks are extremely well-written and once again testify to Lianne La Havas’ talent as a singer and songwriter. There is a seemingly innocent and fragile element about her appearance and voice that only hides her strength and is balanced by the darkness of some of the lyrics. Her musical atmosphere is quite particular as well, with a beautiful simplicity in the actual music and wonderful acoustic instruments that I love, along with a certain mystery that seems to be pierced only by people who have been through similar experiences. It is quite rare for me to relate to an artist and their music so strongly but it is always an extraordinary feeling that I cherish. As explained in my short introduction, it is not always easy for me to describe music that means so much to me so I will leave it at that and let you enjoy it for yourself.
Now that you have an idea of what to expect with Lianne La Havas’ beautiful Lost & Found, I strongly encourage you to purchase the EP via her website or on . Trust me, it is worth it. Also, because I simply can’t let you go without sharing one of the most beautiful visuals I have seen in a long while, here is the official video for the title track of the EP.