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      Tipped for success by those ‘in the know’ La Grange’s big voice and emotional melodrama have encouraged comparisons with Kate Bush and Florence Welch.

      Her debut release, Ashes, showcases the vocals that lead to such references and the Watford-born soloist has said the writing process is a cathartic one: ‘When I feel sad about something I feel like I’ve got something to say, but when I’m happy I don’t feel I have anything to get out of myself.’

      From the outset it’s clear how her style mirrors that of her female counterparts. First track, ‘Walk Through Walls’ with its vocal acrobatics that transcend the swirling guitar is reminiscent of Bush.

      The tribal sound of ‘I Could Be’ is Welch-esque with vocals that do more than recall Nicks.
      La Grange, however, is more than a sum total of others parts combined.

      Her ability to adapt to different styles is reflected throughout the album and her vocals, though powerful do not always have to be delivered to full capacity. Stripped back on ‘Vampire Smile’ her hushing but compelling voice intensifies the visceral effect on the listener. ‘Sympathy’, in turn, showcases its power against the backdrop of stripped down guitar.

      ‘Ashes’ explores a range of sound from crashing guitars to acoustic ballads, creating atmosphere and drama that draws you in. Lyrically and vocally it feels as though La Grange has put her heart and soul into her debut and it makes for an album that keeps you interested. 7/10 MM