Early January 2014, Låpsley released one of the year’s quietest, impressive songs of the year when “Station” arrived out of the blue on Soundcloud. By the end of 2014, Låpsley was added to XL’s roster of artists. The swirling highs of the past 12 months has only continued in 2015, as her Understudy EP begins the new year on a promising note.
The biggest takeaway from this release is Låpsley’s phenomenal, far-reaching vocals. While the whole thing is worth a spin, “Brownlow” is an immediate standout. The song’s synthesizers glisten and sparkle in the night sky; the production, with her vocal manipulation, is a studio trick that’s been tried many times before, but perhaps never executed as effectively. With Understudy, Låpsley will likely draw comparisons to artists such as James Blake in terms of production values, while vocally she defies categorization from song to song. A year ago, we were introduced to Låpsley, unsure of who she was or what she was capable of. A year later, we are still waiting to find out more about this rising artist through her work, but at least now we all know what she’s capable of doing.