[Review] Låpsley – Long Way Home

Putri Amalia

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a playlist in Spotify. Looking through the playlist I found that her name was quite unique, so I gave her song “Hurt Me” a try. I was expecting her voice to be more Halsey-like, but I was wrong. I fell in love the moment I listened to it for the first time.

Long Way Home is a debut full-length album by Holly Låpsley Fletcher, also known as Låpsley. The 19-year-old released the album on March 2016. Consisting of twelve tracks, each has its own unique sounds.

Sharing the same label as Adele has made Låpsley often being compared to the Grammy-Award winning artist. Just like Adele, she is releasing her debut album at the age of 19. Not to mention, Låpsley’s vocals also bear a similarity to Adele’s in a way. It may be the emotional feelings, smooth vocals, or soulful delivery of her voice that Låpsley brings a different kind of music.

Opening up the album with “Heartless,” Låpsley can easily catch the attention of listeners. A track accompanied with instrumental piano and her vocal that doesn’t sound like anything out right now, which makes Låpsley more intriguing.

Being one of the finest tracks on the album, “Hurt Me” has Låpsley’s delicate voice mixed with catchy beat. With heartbreaking lines, such as “Building up my walls just to tear them down” and “Why don’t you hurt me a little bit more,” this is definitely not a track to skip.

The third track “Falling Short” gives a peaceful vibe as Låpsley‘s soprano voice glides effortlessly over the piano chords along minimalist background music.

“Cliff” is a great song to listen to, especially for the listeners who like Daughter. The young singer brings her smooth vocals to this track with the slow yet catchy beat.

Out of all the tracks, “Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)” has a groovy and funky tune to it. Repetition of the line “Don’t put me on hold please” sounds very disco-like. I have to admit that “Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)” is a song you can actually dance to.

“Painter” starts with a simple xylophone progression in the background, which makes it simple but interesting. There’s not much lyrics to this one, but along and Låpsley’s calm and soothing vocals, you can get the feeling of sadness throughout the song.

“Tell Me The Truth,” the title alone conveys the theme of love and loss. Her smooth vocals shines through the song as she sings “Just tell me the truth, it’ll hurt less.” Having lyrics that almost everyone can relate to, Låpsley sings with such emotion behind.

Different from the rest of the tracks, Låpsley barely sings in “Station” barely has Låpsley’s singing in it, instead it is filled more with unique beats. “Station” may actually seem like a duet between Låpsley and a male singer, but it turns out to be her singing in a lower pitch. She manages to showcase her vocal talent in this one.

“Love is Blind,” is definitely one of the tracks that can be a smash hit. “Love is blind when the lights go out,” she sings the verse over and over again. This one is perfect for singing along in the car as it is quite catchy to sing along while driving or even when you are on your way somewhere.

Next, Låpsley’s ballad “Silverlake” is unlike anything heard before. I find that this particular track sounds more Adele-like. Building up the vocals slowly from the beginning, Låpsley shows how different her voice for a girl her age.

Starting with an instrumental, “Leap” is a track that truly showcases Låpsley’s vocals. Accompanied by simple beats, Låpsley’s vocals sliding over the instrumental in this track. “Leap” is ideal to listen to after such a long day spent.

The final track to the album is called “Seven Months,” a song that describes a broken relationship. Along with the line “In seven months I tried my best but I know that we all drift, “ she details all about her relationship in the past. With just basic piano behind her vocals, Låpsley’s unique voice makes this song a perfect end to the album.

Låpsley may be only 19 years old, but with her simple yet ethereal voice, this album is impossible to miss. Most of the songs can be quite relatable to us as the singer going through the tale of young romance. Her voice will surely be a great potential to the music industry and being only 19, she has more to come in the future.







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