Aquilina impresses with this collection of polished and heartfelt tracks
English singer-songwriter, Lauren Aquilina, began her career by creating YouTube videos at the age of 13. Over the years, her silvery yet powerful voice, her contemporary indiepop style and her original and catchy lyrics have attracted fans from all over the world. She has released three wonderful EPs independently (Fools, Sinners, Liars) and just last month released her debut full length studio album ‘Isn’t It Strange’. The sound is more pop orientated but is captivating because of her highly intimate voice and emotive lyrics.
Opener ‘Midnight Mouths’ is a soft, electronic number which includes the poignant lyrics, “Come for me, you’re lying through your teeth/Could be anyone, you just want somebody”. This recurring theme of feeling used is also explored on Kicks, “it’s not me you need, it’s just the company” and the stirring piano ballad ‘How Would You Like it?’ which sees Aquilina’s powerful vocals coming to the fore as she spills her heart about a relationship on the rocks, “Who said that you could just mess with me?/Talk about her in the place we sleep”.
‘Hurt Any Less’ has a pounding beat that’s begs you to race to the middle of the dance floor. The upbeat tempo and Taylor Swift-like chorus creates an exciting sound that listeners will love, “I gave everything, expecting nothing but it doesn’t hurt any less”. It is an interesting contrast to other tracks such as ‘Thinking About’, an uncluttered piano ballad which leaves an emotional imprint, “all I’m thinking about is not thinking about you”. The bare piano accompaniment reflects Aquilina’s vulnerability, “I’m fighting not to feel/I’ve been chasing temporary highs and strangers” and highlights her versatility.
‘Oceans’, the emotive closing track, is about jealousy and feeling trapped, “I lost my head somewhere between the surface and the seabed”. The harmonies are mesmerising and soothing and will leave you feeling nostalgic, “But when I leave/Well I know that one day it’s an ocean I’d be”.
This album is a genuine joy to listen to and beautifully produced. From the pain of separation on ‘Suddenly Strangers’ to naivety in love on ‘Wicked Game’ to the vulnerability of new relationships on ‘Fools’, Aquilina’s poetic lyrics seem as though they could have been lifted from most of our diaries, making each track endlessly relatable and worth listening to again and again.
‘Isn’t It Strange?’ is available to download now! Follow the links below to discover Lauren Aquilina’s music and download her debut album:
By Eveline Vouillemin