By Mandi Kimes
Today, singer-songwriter and producer Laurel unveils the music video for her arresting single "Blue Blood." The song was released in July 2015, and quickly rose on Hype Machine's charts. Another magical, alternative pop stunner, the song perfectly embodies everything she's about. Simple, yet devastatingly powerful vocal melodies shimmer above string-infused orchestral instrumentation, with a huge backdrop of thumping drums.
At only twenty-one years old, Laurel has released single Fire Breather and two EPs, To The Hills and Holy Water, to high critical acclaim. Both bodies of work amplify her signature haunting and beautiful sound that layers subtle electronic beats with orchestral arrangements, all while highlighting her sultry vocals. Her song "Fire Breather" was featured on the wildly popular CW show The Vampire Diaries in 2014, and she has received major airplay in the US on KCRW, in the UK on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, XFM; major DJs Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens, and included on the BBC Introducing Playlist.
Her arresting tracks have garnered over nine million Spotify streams and millions of YouTube views. She has been featured on SPIN, Interview Magazine.com, Vogue.com, Vice's Noisey.com, W Magazine, The Lab, BULLETT, Pigeons & Planes, Myspace and most recently released her mixtape Allelopathy. Laurel can also be heard on her recent collaboration with Shadow Child & Ben Pearce on house track "Nothing Ever Hurts (Feat. Laurel)".
Hailing from a tiny town near Southampton in the UK, Laurel has been writing, producing and performing her won original material since age fourteen. Following the completion of her college exams, Laurel moved to London and landed a deal with Turn First Records (Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding, Dan Croll) off the strength of a song demo. She is also represented by NEXT models.