NO LOVE SONGS FOR LAURA
Most will be familiar with Kyle Falconer when he shot to fame in his teens with his band The View.
Kyle today (Friday 30 July) releases his second solo EP, ‘No Love Songs For Laura’ which deals with the very real life topics of addiction and redemption, the start of new life in becoming a father and dealing with the tragedy of personal loss.
The new album is easily his most revealing music to date, dealing with profound events in his own personal life and turning them via his unique, honed craft into music.
‘No Love Songs For Laura’ is a broad spectrum of musical delights starting with first release ‘Stress Ball’ which clearly channels Falconer’s passion for 60s music , it’s a catchy, joyous track thats reminiscent of the the like of the Small Faces – next up ‘Rake It In’ continues on the feel good, happy go lucky theme. The sort of tune for which we are most familiar with associating Falconer with.
The disco vibe feel to ‘Wait Around’ demonstrates the freedom and liberation that was achieved by Kyle in his studio experimentation at The Libertines owned recording studios in Margate; The Albion Rooms. Amazingly every instrument you hear on the EP was played by either Kyle or his Producer, Frankie Sigarusa, while they were in Margate producing this record.
The title song ‘Laura’ although in part is homage to Kyle’s partner of the same name, it’s also about his experiences in rehab, and how fatherhood and his relationship has saved him from a very different fate. On the other hand, ‘Mother’ deals with Kyle’s loss of his own mother, when he was only 21 years old. It’s an honest and innocent portrayal of raw grief.
Other tracks included such as Miracles Happen, Don’t Call Me Baby, Moan, Monsters, Still Here, On My Own, and Funeral Song complete the line up and make for an extraordinary offering from the once Scottish teen now a fully fledged worldly wise man.
This latest release and the single releases of ‘Stress Ball’ and ‘Rake It In’ have already seen Falconer receive much critical acclaim and praise with the likes of Jo Whiley picking them up for regular play on her BBC 2 radio show.
Kyle is due to tour the album release with several album signing dates in and around his native Scotland as follows, with more dates and venues coming up so make sure to keep an eye on his social channels for details.
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Words by SALLY NEWMAN