With an extraordinary voice that ranges across styles from Elizabeth Fraser from The Cocteau Twins to Mazzy Star vocalist Hope Sandoval, Brighton’s Luvia‘s new track ‘For You’ is a gorgeous, sparse and haunting song filled with reverb and shimmering guitar. The instrumentation is deceptively simple – layers of sound hide behind the delicate guitar providing a harmonic foundation. The accompanying video is a simple black and white live piece that allows you to concentrate on the song and the emotive, introspective delivery of Luvia herself:
Luvia lists her influences as Stevie Nicks, Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, Agnes Obel and Mazzy Star, but I also detect a slight dream pop element. She is a remarkable talent and this debut single is a portent of something special ahead.
She has just finished a UK tour, culminating in appearances at The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, so we are a little tardy here at Backseat Mafia, but she is bound for Australia later this year for the Australian Music Week. She’s also appearing at some festivals over the UK summer, including No Mans Land Festival on 16 June 2018.
You can get the single through all the normal on-line sources.