ALBUM WEEK| Laura Welsh – Soft Control
Laura Welsh has been singing since an early age having grown up in a Stafford household surrounded by instruments and musical influence. After moving to London with her band several years ago, only for the group to break up, she has since been using her time to establish herself as a solo artist and gain valuable experience of her own. Soft Control is the perfect introduction to an artist who will surely be your newest favourite, showcasing her incredible voice and ability to effortless control and tame musical atmosphere.
In general, Soft Control is a slow, wise album that plays with tone and grandeur. Songs such as Soft Control and Breathe Me In are incredibly tense and moody showing musical skill and have a knack for giving you shivers in places. Hardest Part, featuring none other than John Legend also show an incredible emotional intelligence between two artists that compliment each other perfectly and Call To Arms ends the album on an uplifting yet touching note. Welsh’s strengths not only lie in soulful, emotional pieces as she can also write a mean pop chorus with Break the Fall and Cold Front bound to both get stuck in your head, the latter of which has a nice, funk-inspired beat to it that works well against her slower vocals.
Soft Control is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish and, given Laura’s geographical origin being my own home town, I can’t help but pin her as an ambassador for Staffordshire musicians across the county. A powerful album that’ll change you within your first listen.