(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Single Review: Laura Welsh – Ghosts

By on Monday, 19th January 2015 at 1:00 pm

A recent trend in the Official UK Charts is the rise in female solo singers off the back of appearances as a featured artist. Take Ella Eyre, Becky Hill and Jess Glynne for example, whose successes didn’t go unnoticed in 2014. Someone looking to replicate their achievements is Staffordshire-born singer-songwriter Laura Welsh. The 28-year-old cowrote and provided the vocals for Gorgon City’s summer anthem ‘Here For You’, though she herself looks set to come into her own with ‘Ghosts’, the fourth single to be taken from Welsh’s upcoming debut album, scheduled out in March.

‘Ghosts’ explores the theme of learning lessons from situations and overcoming them, rather than letting them get you down. It’s a strong message, which Laura Welsh delivers with an untainted conviction. Her commanding and captivating vocals bellow over the dramatic backdrop and its menacing drum beat, with powerful lyrics (written by herself and Jonathan Lipsey) to match. You can almost feel Welsh’s pain in the chorus, as she sings, “I need you to help me through / I can’t lay these ghosts to rest.”

The accompanying music video is made up of black and white vistas that depict charming scenes from New York City, intertwined with shots of Laura Welsh singing in the shadows. The video’s eerie overlay gives an ethereal feel: extremely fitting for a song entitled ‘Ghosts’.

Easily comparable to the likes of Jessie Ware and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine), Laura Welsh is an artist worthy of success on the back of her hard work and persistence. While ‘Ghosts’ may not be enough to get Welsh the recognition she deserves, it remains an extremely strong single from someone who has a bright future ahead of her.


Released today, ‘Ghosts’ is the fourth single to be taken from Laura Welsh’s debut album ‘Soft Control’, which is pencilled in for a 9th of March launch on Outsiders/Polydor.

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