Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lianne La Havas video "frenzy"

I'll keep this short as I'm about to head off to the Brits, where Lianne La Havas has a stunning zero nominations. Not that she doesn't deserve them - her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough, was one of last year's best. Produced by Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) it was a quirky, plush, sonically adventurous record, bound together by La Havas' stunning vocals, recorded up close with precious little processing.

In other years, she would almost certainly have been a contender for Best British Female - but the 22-year-old simply couldn't compete with the commercial clout of Emeli Sande or the tear-stained nostalgia for Amy Winehouse. But Ms La Havas doesn't need the Brits. And, in an Adele-style finger salute to the voting academy, she's uploaded two new videos on the day of the awards.

So, here we have the piano-led confessional Gone, and the beautiful Scott Matthews cover Elusive. Enjoy, then remember what you could have been watching when Ben Howard pops up on your telly tonight.

Lianne La Havas - Gone

Lianne La Havas - Elusive

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