Just a piano and a voice. But not just any piano or any voice. The kind of eloquent and expressive piano that stops time and a charismatic voice that stops you in your tracks with its fierce vulnerability. It is this arresting juxtaposition of influences ranging from Satie & Debussy to Fiona Apple & Regina Spektor that defines the latest album by composer and musical force of nature LAVALU. With its intimate presence and starkly beautiful minimalism, Solitary High distinguishes itself from the jazz-pop crossover sound of her critically acclaimed ‘Now’ (2009) and the theatrical music she composed for Het Pauperparadijs (The Pauper’s Paradise)
Originally released last year, the album will see a digital reissue next month on the 1631 Recordings imprint where its modern classical elements will be very much at home while the song craft and vocals make it one of the label’s more distinct offerings. Here in an exclusive premiere is a first listen to “Longest Dawn”, the album’s most briskly paced piece with its galloping piano finding counterpoint in the confessional nature of the lyrics and the vulnerability of their delivery. It is just such contrasts that make Solitary High such a spellbinding work.
Solitary High will be available in its entirety October 5 from 1631 Recordings. Check the LAVALU website for information about upcoming autumn concert dates for the in Netherlands and Belgium as well as a pair of album release shows in Germany.