Current Musical Obsession: Lawrence

The band Lawrence on heavy rotation for me. Why? I don’t know, really. I do like soul and funk. I do like a girl singer, and it has that in Gracie Lawrence. I dig the piano of Clyde Lawrence–maybe the sound reminds me of Billy Preston a bit? I’m not really smart about unpacking why something hits my ear and brain and heart in a particular way. The lead two players of Lawrence are brother and sister, which I think blunts the effect of of songs which are duets as necessarily romantic. They are more cooperative. Songs as “conversation,” maybe.

I’m no music critic.

I think their live (live and taped?) performances on YouTube–“Acoustic-ish”–are what sold me. Earnest, guileless, but somehow still smart. It’s absolutely a performance–and of course every performance is a contrivance by its nature–but the sometimes-Gospel-level intensity hits me in my heart.

Give a listen, have a watch:

23 / latest “single”

Freckles

Don’t Lose Sight

deja vu / (Olivia Rodrigo cover)

i’m confident that i’m insecure / the one I saw first

And don’t lose sight, baby, don’t lose sight

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