Words by Paul Brown
Hampshire based singer-songwriter Laurel Arnell-Cullen is another one of these mystifyingly young people with sickening levels of talent. I don’t mean that in some awful, patronising, ‘good for her age’ kind of way, because she’s clearly wonderfully skilled for any age. Gratifyingly, her talent doesn’t appear to have gone unnoticed, either, judging by the Andrew Lloyd Webber testimonial on her Facebook page, and spots at The Great Escape as well as big gigs with the likes of Ed Sheeran and White Lies.
Her latest recording, ‘Next Time’ is a beautiful piece of stark piano-led elegance which calls to mind a more direct, less affected version of Regina Spektor. It’s a suitably yearning tale of defiant young love which is augmented gorgeously by the power of her voice. It feels like this song is the point at which Laurel is ramping things up, and I’d definitely suggest she’s worth keeping an eye on.