Sing to the Moon

Sing to the Moon

by Laura Mvula


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Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and former music instructor Laura Mvula appeared in November 2012 with She, a four-song EP led by its title track. An elaborate and uplifting number -- part lullaby, part empowerment anthem -- "She" was unlike anything on the U.K. charts. It left an impression immediate and deep enough to land her a nomination for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll. Sing to the Moon, her full-length debut, features "She" and builds upon that song's theatrical sound. It's rooted in decades-old forms of gospel, jazz, R&B, and, most deeply, orchestral pop. Almost all of the material is as serious and as refined as it is majestic, with vocal showcases and hushed-belted-hushed-belted dynamics galore. Taking in all the floating brass and drifting strings can be strenuous, but the tempo and mood perk up on the chiming romp "Green Garden," where Mvula drops the histrionics, loosens up, and projects pure joy: "Putting my bag down, taking my shoes off/Walk in the carpet of green velvet." "That's Alright," another wholly spirited number, opens with little more than tumbling drums and melodic hums as Mvula beams, "I will never be what you want, and that's all right/'Cause my skin ain't light, and my body ain't tight." The song then bursts with horns as the singer asserts, "Tell me, who made you the center of the universe?" and "What 'cha gonna do when I fly over you?" Although it's more admirable than it is enjoyable, Sing to the Moon marks the arrival of a unique and major talent -- one with a commanding voice seemingly from another dimension -- who should be worth watching for many years to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887654217523
catalogNumber: 542175
Rank: 90499

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laura Mvula   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Celeste,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Sampling,Tubular Bells,Wurlitzer,Foot Stomping,Synthesizer Pads
Dave Bishop   Clarinet,Flute
Davidson   Guitar
Nick Holland   Cello
Richard Marcangelo   Drums
Troy Miller   Drums
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Andy Pask   Contrabass (Vocal)
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Spong   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Paul Morgan   Contrabass (Vocal)
Paul Gardham   Horn
Polly Wiltshire   Viola
Tom Elmhirst   Percussion
Steve Brown   Electric Bass,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Tambourine,Theremin,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vibes,Shaker,Tubular Bells,Foot Stomping
Andy Hamill   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Roberto Manzin   Clarinet,Flute
Hugh Seenan   Horn
Nick Barr   Viola
Jo Archard   Violin
Dave Lee   Horn
Martin Williams   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo
Andy Greenwood   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alice Kent   Contrabass (Vocal)
Chris Clad   Violin
Sarah Sexton   Violin
Kevin Morgan   Tuba
Brendan Thomas   Horn
Vicky Lester   Harp
Clare Howick   Violin
Vicky Matthews   Cello
Sarah McMahon   Cello
Phil Todd   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo
Neil Sidwell   Trombone,Bass Trombone,Bass Trumpet
Ad Hallowell   Bass Trombone
Maria Ryan   Violin
Magdalena Pietraszewska   Cello
Philip Woods   Horn
Triona Milne   Viola
Rachael Lander   Cello
Cormac Browne   Violin
Vicky Lyons   Violin
Rhian Hanson   Harp
Matt Wittingdon   Percussion
Cian O'Duill   Viola

Technical Credits

Tom Elmhirst   Programming
Steve Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Laura Mvula   Arranger,Composer,drum programming

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