Shedding Light in the Darkness

The Goddess Returns – Laura Mvula

Published on Jun 14, 2016 Music video by Laura Mvula performing Show Me Love

From Vogue – British songstress Laura Mvula’s first album, Sing to the Moon, won critics over back in 2013 with its mix of soulful ballads, catchy pop efforts, and Nina Simone–esque vocals. But one particular fan would spread the word about Mvula’s outsized talent as often as possible. “I would get messages from people saying, ‘Oh Prince just played your song in a show in some random place in the world,’ ” Mvula said over the phone from London. “I can’t tell you how many times people would say that to me in different circles. ‘I know of you because Prince physically showed me a video of your music.’ ” Mvula eventually met Prince and later opened for him on tour, before he passed away earlier this year.

Now, the 30-year-old artist has been busy promoting her next album, The Dreaming Room, which comes out June 17. Three years in the making, The Dreaming Room touches upon the recent turbulent time in the singer’s life, including her painful divorce from her ex-husband last year. “I don’t want to sound cliché, but this album is about me being my truest self.” The video for “Show Me Love” turned out to be less of a fictionalized version of Mvula’s private life and more of an introspective meditation on self-acceptance and love. “The director of the video interpreted the song, knowing my story and all, in a completely different way,” explained Mvula. “For him, it was about self-love and the idea that this is a human being who has struggled her whole life to understand what it is to love yourself.”

One response to “The Goddess Returns – Laura Mvula

  1. Claude Robichaux June 15, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Despite the visual cues, her interpretation is clear via subtle facial expressions and emotional voice modulation, making the most out of “it’s not what you say but how you say it” with that one simple repeating line. Her voice is most golden inside that church where her fluid vocals and the music literally become one. Not that she isn’t her own unique artist, she is, 100%, but couldn’t miss hearing a playfully quirky & strong Björk-esque inflection at times too, nice.
    Purchase worthy, 2 claws up ……
    (…. -last time I gave two “paws” up someone from the crowd emptied my pockets)


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