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Lauren Collier is one talented Ayrshire lass who has created one of the albums of the year Uddevalla .  A warm blanket of music to cuddle up with and enjoy with a single malt. The media notes are fairly ungenerous with a description stating  fusion of global traditional and electronic music. Much more can be said for instance music must make all our emotions dance and Lauren gets that with the calm and subdued  Padangbai which is self penned and easy on the ear. In fact Lauren uses her experiences in travel to bring us into her music. You can imagine far flug places from your own kitchen and that is no mean feat.

Surrounding yourself with amazing musicians helps bring the music up a few notches. Subtle yet decorative guitar playing and synth work  from Calum Muir creates a layer of magic throughout the album. Drums which add music and rythym from Paul Jenning is genius on drums and percussion where on bass the ubiquitous James Lindsay appears to give his sultry jazz vibe and last but certainly not least the sensational Ross Ainslie to help decorate the Uddevella cake with soaring notes that seem to fit perfectly in Laurens music.

Kouman Nou Ye  is a track where we get to hear the delicate and polished voice of Lauren which in my opinion is underused on this album (if I had one complaint) If you’ve got it why not flaunt it. Lazily she takes us into the song and we remain on the journey listening to the fabulous talents of the musicians involved.

I review loads of albums and i’m always astounded at the talent we have in Scotland. Lauren Collier once threatened to stop at one album. We the people must demand and insist that this cannot be the end. Life is too short and Lauren will be getting a size ten boot up her rear end if needs must.  Buy this album you will not be disapointed or listen in at Caledon Radio or see her perform with her band at Celtic Connections you will be amazed and enchanted.

Written by: Norrie Hunter

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