Today – Friday 4th March – sees the release of 19 year old singer, producer and songwriter Holly “Låpsley” Fletcher’s highly anticipated debut album Long Way Home on XL Recordings / Remote Control Records.
The twelve track album features new versions of her previous releases ‘Hurt Me’, ‘Falling Short’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Station’, in addition to current single ‘Love Is Blind’. For much of the album Låpsley worked with XL’s in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald, in addition to production contributions from Paul O’Duffy and Mura Masa.
Long Way Home documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life — a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again. Of the album, Låpsley says “I think it’s helped me to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”
Låpsley’s determined views on her own production have ensured her involvement in every element of these songs — a fact that in the early days seemed to confuse many of the producers she met. “They didn’t want to listen to me,” she says, “or they think a girl’s just there to add a top line, or they come to the table with ideas already. Straight away if I come in to a studio and someone says ‘I’ve written something for you’, then I’ll just walk out. I don’t care. I’m not there for that.”
Listen to ‘Love Is Blind’