Stunning listeners everywhere, 19-year old Holly Låpsley Fletcher, otherwise known as Lapsley, makes her debut March 4th and doesn’t disappoint a single music fan. With chill indie vibes, Lapsley brings an iconic sound to the otherwise dry music scene. Long Way Home features twelve tracks, each which has its own unique sound.
Opening up with upbeat track “Heartless,” Lapsley catches listeners attention immediately. Surrounded by light percussion, instrumental piano and her own voice in the background vocals, “Heartless” is more than a perfect song for listeners looking for something new. The sound is unlike anything out right now and that’s what truly makes Lapsley unique.
Next, “Hurt Me” is one of the most upbeat tracks on the album. The synth and bass beat drop almost immediately, Lapsley’s voice gliding effortlessly over the catchy, almost addicting beat. Listeners almost immediately feel their body swaying with this smooth sailing second track, whether it be driving cross country or spending the night on the town. Easily one of the best tracks on the album, “Hurt Me” has Lapsley’s incredible voice mixed with soulful lyrics. This is not a track to miss.
“Falling Short” is when the Long Way Home catches the smooth sailing, almost background music-esque sound. Lapsley’s soprano voice emerges out of piano chords, immediately drawing listeners to listen closer. Not only does Lapsley float effortlessly over the track,
Another stunning track, “Cliff” has such a unique sound, it’s blown listeners away. For listeners that like Daughter or Halsey, “Cliff” is the song to listen to. The UK native not only brings her incredible vocals to this track, but also a unique sound that draws listeners closer and closer. The slow, yet moving beat is not only catchy, but different than anything in the music scene.
With the most single potential, “Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)” has listeners grooving along to Lapsley’s voice, singing “don’t put me on hold please” over disco-like strings and bass. Almost Adele or Amy Winehouse-like, “Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)” is meant for radio. Although the lyrics for this track are stunning, the instrumentals and background vocals on “Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me” might make this song one of the most outstanding tracks of the year.
Starting with a simple xylophone and synth sound, “Painter” is not only catchy, but an honest favorite to the album. A simple chord progression with Lapsley singing harmonized vocals over makes it simple but incredibly interesting. A true time for her to show off her vocals, Lapsley has listeners stunned everywhere. Easily one of the most iconic tracks on the album, “Painter” is sure to become one of the most listened songs of the year.
Settling down into some electronic vibes. Lapsley hits her seventh track in a row that can’t be missed with “Tell Me The Truth.” Her smooth vocals sliding over a slow but upbeat track, she sings “just tell me the truth, it’ll hurt less,” lyrics that not only relate to every music fan but Lapsley sings with such truth that it has raw emotion behind it.
Looking for a completely brand new sound to listen to? “Station” is your track. Lapsley sings over barely there instrumentals, filled with a strange barely there beat. “Station” practically defines her sound as a new artist. Suddenly singing in an octave much lower, Lapsley sings her own background vocals, showcasing her remarkable vocal talent.
“Love is Blind,” where the Long Way Home really picks up, is when listeners really get a feel for Lapsley’s vocal talent. “Love is blind when the lights go up,” she sings with a rhythmic background track. Lapsley’s vocal talent outshines anything that’s in the music scene right now and completely transports listeners into her world. Perfect for singing along in the car, listeners will be listening to this track constantly for a long time.
Just third from the end, Lapsley’s ballad “Silverlake” showcases how different and mature her voice is for her age. Unlike anything heard before, “Silverlake” slowly picks up speed, building vocals on top of itself.
With a forty second instrumental, Lapsley slowly guides her vocals into “Leap,” a track that truly epitomizes her sound. With a simple beat behind this track, Lapsley’s vocals shine over the simple instrumental. Her production both vocally and in the surrounding track make this track one of those slow, perfect tracks for a long day of productivity.
The final track to Long Way Home is “Seven Months,” a song that shines and really shows what Lapsley’s future in music. With just basic piano backing her vocals, Lapsley’s incredibly unique sound brings this song truly to life.
With an album that has songs impossible to skip, Lapsley has stunned listeners everywhere with her breakout album. Debuting with a Vinyl Me, Please exclusive offer, Lapsley took the hearts of many as she was added to dozens of playlists. Her simple yet eclectic voice draws listeners in, while simple beats bring it to life. Lapsley’s iconic voice is sure to be an incredible edition to the music scene and at only nineteen years old, this UK native has an incredible future ahead of her.