By Veronica U.-K.

Sometimes a “power song” full of lyrics we don’t fully understand, and rhythms we’ve heard a million different times in common time just don’t cut it to start the week. Sometimes what we need is an artist who dares to mix alternative folk and soul to create a passionate experience of acoustic melodies smoothly intertwining classically, simplistic rhythms. Lianne La Havas voice is without a doubt: a standout piece of artwork in itself. With hushed whispers in tracks like, “Wonderful,” even Lana Del Rey couldn’t help but be jealous of the English singer/songwriter’s calming harmonies. The multi-instrumentalist was first a member of the Paris Parade with Christian Pinchbeck (a future member of Elephant). Although the act was short-lived, La Havas managed to find her way releasing Lost & Found, a four-track EP, featuring a duet with Willy Mason, in October of 2011. Only two months later, the 22-year-old, opened for Bon Iver during a North American tour. It was then that she was nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Is Your Love Big Enough?, La Havas’ debut album for Warner Bros., was released in the U.K. in July 2012, where it reached number five. The U.S. release through Nonesuch followed a month later and was even an iTunes “Single of the Week. The set was produced almost entirely by songwriting partner, Matt Hales (Aqualung). Gaining Prince, as a major fan, La Havas was able to contribute to the Billboard dominator’s 2014 album Art Official Age. She has also appeared on recordings by Alt-J and Tourist. Her second album, Blood, released just two weeks ago, has already earned awe-struken reviews, especially for tracks such as, “What You Won’t Do” and “Unstoppable.”

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