The youth of today, I tell you!
Whilst I have spent majority of the past year going through a quarter-life crisis (assuming I live to 100, and considering a colleague of mine once told me I was "going to die young", that's not likely), there has been a bunch of clever teens out there delving deep in to the music world, before they even finish high school. What is this new wave of young talent? Why are they so much better at life than me? Am I getting OLD? (Don't answer that).
My latest discovery is 17 year old Holly Lapsley Fletcher AKA Låpsley from Liverpool, UK. Not only does she join a long line of young talents making use of bedroom recording/producing and the ease of musical distribution in this digital age, she also has an accented letter 'a' in her name - how much more hipster could you get? (MØ, Chvrches, etc)
Apart from her name (I'm here presuming it's just for decoration and that she doesn't intend for it to be pronounced differently, nor has Nordic heritage? Maybe I'll ask her), this young Brit shows a lot of promise. I'm not usually the biggest fan of female vocalists, so for me my favourite part about Miss Fletcher's take on songs is that she alters her own voice to create a lower-pitched vocal to harmonise with. This has been mistaken for a male co-vocalist, much to her dismay ("There is still no male vocalist, do I really sound that manly?") but I think it does her favours.
I used to wonder how on earth this sort of music translated live, but over the years have learned the wonder of pedals and samplers and live electronic acts that aren't just face-mashing beats. Here is another artist who appreciates and understands minimalism and that being understated is a breath of fresh air in an often over-the-top world of production.