4 Songs, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before assuming that a 17-year-old girl has less to sing about than songwriters with more life experience, listen to these four songs, which show what it’s like when a young tunesmith channels an old soul. The title track of Lauren Aquilina's debut EP, Fools, is a haunting, sophisticated pop ballad trimmed in folky accoutrements; her vocals resemble a young, English Marissa Nadler. Even when she’s singing about the tension, fear, and apprehension of trusting a new love, it’s articulated with refined composure. Aquilina’s lyrics are more confrontational and dramatic in “Lilo”; it plays like a companion song to “Fools,” with a similar approach to picking the low E and A strings on an acoustic guitar. But Aquilina cleverly changes things up in the refrain with a feathery dream-pop production. “King” shows more dimension to her songwriting, as Aquilina puts down the guitar, hovers over her piano, and sings a reassuring song of love, strength, and confidence to her troubled muse. “Wonder” closes with Aquilina singing of unrequited love over sublime keyboard tones.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before assuming that a 17-year-old girl has less to sing about than songwriters with more life experience, listen to these four songs, which show what it’s like when a young tunesmith channels an old soul. The title track of Lauren Aquilina's debut EP, Fools, is a haunting, sophisticated pop ballad trimmed in folky accoutrements; her vocals resemble a young, English Marissa Nadler. Even when she’s singing about the tension, fear, and apprehension of trusting a new love, it’s articulated with refined composure. Aquilina’s lyrics are more confrontational and dramatic in “Lilo”; it plays like a companion song to “Fools,” with a similar approach to picking the low E and A strings on an acoustic guitar. But Aquilina cleverly changes things up in the refrain with a feathery dream-pop production. “King” shows more dimension to her songwriting, as Aquilina puts down the guitar, hovers over her piano, and sings a reassuring song of love, strength, and confidence to her troubled muse. “Wonder” closes with Aquilina singing of unrequited love over sublime keyboard tones.

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About Lauren Aquilina

Bristol-born singer/songwriter Lauren Aquilina began her musical career at the tender age of 13 when she began uploading home recordings to her YouTube channel, where she built-up a formidable fan base of admirers. Her influences were wide and varied, from the pumping house music of her younger years, to the rotation of Coldplay and Stereophonics on the family car stereo, which eventually inspired her to write her own songs from a young age. As Aquilina grew, her tastes matured, with the likes of Bon Iver, Annie Lennox, and Ellie Goulding audible in her music. In 2012, she released her first EP, Fools, during her final year of school and went on to perform shows across the U.K. Her meteoric rise to fame continued -- in a journey not too dissimilar to internet sensation Gabrielle Aplin -- as she surpassed two-million YouTube views of piano-led covers of pop songs by artists such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran, and she released the video for lead single "Fools." Praise came from many different outlets -- noticeably from Take That star Gary Barlow -- and eventually she received airplay on BBC Radio 1. In 2013, her second EP, Sinners, arrived and the title track spawned a U.K. charting single. After the Ocean EP in 2015, Aquilina retreated to the studio to record her debut full-length album. Isn't It Strange was released in 2016 on Island Records. ~ Scott Kerr

  • ORIGIN
    Bristol, England
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    23 June 1995

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