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Lapsey Announce New Album

London-based singer, songwriter and producer Holly ‘Låpsley’ Fletcher today reveals details of her highly- anticipated debut album. The 19 year old will release Long Way Home on Friday, March 4th on XL Recordings. The twelve track album features new versions of her previous acclaimed releases “Hurt Me”, “Falling Short”, “Painter” and “Station”, as well as brand new single “Love Is Blind.” To celebrate the announcement of Long Way Home, Låpsley  made her late night TV debut on  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last Friday with a performance of her widespread single “Falling Short.”

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 It’s an autobiography of my emotions and events over the past year,” she says. “Everything that’s happened, I’ve channelled in some way into a song – whether that’s the theme of a long distance relationship, or something that he’s said, or the way that I’ve felt, or an argument. I only revisit the memories of that relationship when I go into the studio. 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.”

For the bulk of Long Way Home she worked with XL’s inhouse producer Rodaidh McDonald. “This album wouldn’t be how it is if it wasn’t for Rodaidh,” she says. “He’s at the top of the thank yous.” There were two tracks recorded with Paul O’Duffy, a producer she admired because “The way that he thinks is different to anybody else. He’s not tainted by a commercial idea, it’s so creative and beautiful and what I aspire to be like in the future.” She worked with Mura Masa for the album’s closing track, a song that gave the record its title. “That lyric about taking the long way home just sums up the relationship,” she says. “It has two different meanings: the album’s about a long distance relationship, but also if you walk the long way home with someone you’re trying to spend as much time as you can with them.”


Long Way Home track list:

1. Heartless

2. Hurt Me

3. Falling Short

4. Cliff

5. Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)

6. Painter

7. Tell Me The Truth

8. Station

9. Love Is Blind

10. Silverlake

11. Leap

12. Seven Months


Pre-order Long Way Home: http://x-l.co/longwayhome

Buy/stream Love Is Blind: http://x-l.co/loveisblind

Meanwhile, Låpsley today announces a run of UK, European and North American tour dates. The tour will feature Låpsley’s biggest headline shows so far, taking in the likes of London’s Heaven (March 30) and New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 11). Tickets for the UK And European shows go on sale Wednesday, January 20th, and for the US show on Friday, January 22nd. The full dates are:


March 5th              Academy 2, Manchester, UK March 6th                              Trinity, Bristol, UK

March 9th              Institute 3, Birmingham, UK

March 10th           The Haunt, Brighton, UK

March 21st           Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany

March 22nd          PBHF Club, Berlin, Germany

March 24th           Nochtspeicher, Hambury, Germany March 28th                           Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, Holland March 29th                                    La Boule Noir, Paris, France

March 30th           Heaven, London, UK


April 15th               Coachella Festival, Indio, CA, USA

April 20th               The Independent, San Francisco, CA, USA April 21st                           El Rey, Los Angeles, CA, USA

April 22nd              Coachella Festival, Indio, CA, USA April 25th                           Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR, USA

April 26th               Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Canada

April 27th               Chop Suey, Seattle, WA, USA

April 30th               7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN, USA


May 1st                   Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL, USA May 3rd                              Mod Club, Toronto, Canada

May 4th                   Fairmount Theatre, Montreal, Canada

May 5th                   The Sinclair, Cambridge MA, USA

May 8th                   World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA, USA May 9th                                    U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC, USA

May 11th                Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York, NY, USA

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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