When listening to Holly Laplsey Fletcher sing her tones of melancholic pop and R&B, her Merseyside (Southport, specifically) roots seem like a far cry. Drawing similarities from other contemporaries as James Blake and The xx, Låpsley’s (as Fletcher has stylized) output is a distinct amalgamation of epic and tender; echoing synths and harmonies enveloping the listener in her spell. It’s not difficult to hear her classical background (she plays the oboe, piano and guitar) in her warming yet ghostly compositions. Her live performances are nothing short of electric, but highlights also include dry humour in her disarming Merseyside drawl. Her last show at Deaf Institute sold out – do not miss your opportunity this time round.
Sat 5 Mar, Manchester Academy 2, Manchester University Union, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR, Tel: 0161 275 2930, 7.30pm, £10, www.seetickets.com
Published on: Mon 29 Feb 2016