Hoping to give the successful rock and indie artists of today a run for their money, Windsor raised Lauren’s new EP, her third, offers up a different, rather melodic soundtrack to listen to. Opener ‘Lovers or Liars’ pays a tribute of sorts to her influences, especially Bon Iver, such is the tone of the piece, paying particular attention to ensure the instrumentals are laid back so her voice takes centre stage. It’s a good, far from ultimately great start, but catchy enough to have fans singing along, need it be in their bedrooms or at a live show. Meanwhile, ‘Forest Fires’ may be deemed rather dull or boring by some, but it is oh so hard to ignore or deny the fact that there is a simplicity and beauty in every line she delivers.
‘Square One’ is without question the best track of the four, surprising considering the slow introduction. However, as the pace picks up when the chorus kicks in, this is likely to be immensely enjoyed by the majority who immerse themselves in the music. Sadly such success doesn’t continue with closing track ‘Broke’ – instead, there is an air of repetitiveness that comes across frequently over the course of little more than four minutes.
On the back of her most successful year yet, having sold out her first UK tour, with airplay on BBC Radio 1 and now with fans snapping up tickets to her live appearances this summer, Lauren is maintaining her commitment to her music. However, in such a fickle and competitive industry, time will tell if such dedication will pay off in the long run.