Laura Jae’s debut EP, “Silver Lined Hearts”, racked up acclaim upon its 2014 release, as critics lionised its sorrowful depth. After taking a break from the industry, the self-described “soulful electro-cinematic” artist glides back onto our radar with impassioned new track, “Underwater”.
“Underwater” results from a partnership with fellow London songwriter Dele Ladimeji, whose CV boasts work with Jay Sean and Natasha Bedingfield as well as a lengthy history within the Japanese music industry; long-time collaborator and personal friend Amøur returns on production. Taking inspiration from artists including Santigold, The Knife, Kate Bush and Bjork, the result is a searing, shimmering track that perfectly encapsulates Jae’s cinematic sensibility.
The influence of Kate Bush is most apparent in the chorus, where Jae’s unrestrained melisma on “Underwater” echoes Bush’s siren wail. It’s an evocative refrain – “I’m underwater, so pull me up/I’m underwater; I’m giving up,” – kindled by personal trauma; as Jae explains, “‘Underwater’ was inspired by feeling overwhelmed with multiple changes in my life. I was having problems communicating in a relationship I was in at the time and felt I was sinking into nothingness with no emotional support. This song represents a search for freedom.”
“Underwater” heads up Laura Jae’s forthcoming EP “Cut Piece”; what’s more, there’s a music video on the way created with innovative British design Christopher Raeburn. Give the track a listen below, after which we don’t doubt you’ll be joining us in a hearty “welcome back!”