Half Written Love Letter speaks of the idea of knowing a place intimately, even if it doesn't necessarily want to know you back. It hangs between hurt and nostalgia, (for both Selina’s Nigerian and Yorkshire heritages), and is a love song, split between the two voices of the author and the singer. The author’s recorded voice sounds ‘long-distance’ as if through the radio or a conch shell. The live singer weaves a range of foreground lines; spoken, choric, and vocalise. The song proceeds through a series of verses over a ground bass, the percussion driving it forward in a series sections like the pages of a letter.
from In Place,
released May 1, 2018
Words by Selina Nwulu
What a huge talent Laura Cannell is... A fearless experimentalist and improviser with both spirit and sensitivity.
The Church setting is perfect and obviously inspirational for her,making the pieces sound ethereal and intangible...there but not there,if you will.
Her influences may be medieval but her approach is very firmly contemporary and her playing is strong and (com)passionate.
Very highly recommended without reservation.
Wow!...I feel the strongest urge for cigarette after listening to this. An album that will leave those who go through it, spent, emotionally raw and uplifted.
More of this kind of thing please!...and Mr Lee, its time you gave us an album. Catherine M. Fox