South London’s Lianne La Havas is back with the emotionally stirring soul-gem ‘Bittersweet’.
Always a beautifully measured and understated performer, the power in her voice still comes when she’s at her rawest and most vulnerable. Taking inspiration from her recent discovery of the wistful 70s Brazilian music of Milton Nascimento together with the group harmonies and empowerment of Destiny’s Child, her current sound is both delicate and powerful.
“I’d forgotten how much I love singing,” La Havas confesses, “I’ve tapped into the best and worst parts of me and while I didn’t expect this to be the new direction, it’s my reality and its driven by emotion…”
With ‘Bittersweet’ – a stone cold soul anthem full of raw emotion – Lianne is beginning to lay herself bare as she turns her own personal journey of growth and learning of the last few years into music for the heart and soul.
In 2020, Lianne has a fully focused new vision for her art – musically and creatively – which includes a new band for imminent headline shows. Having previously been at ease supporting Coldplay in stadiums or headlining Brixton Academy as much as she is playing the New York afro-futurist arts festival Afro Punk. In keeping with this juxtaposition, this year will see Lianne go from playing London’s Barbican alongside BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jules Buckley to an intimate headline show at The Moth Club in London (Annie mac Presents) within a week of each other. She will later headline Pitchfork Music Festival in Berlin in May.
Lianne La Havas live…
28/2 – The Barbican w/ Jules Buckley & BBC Symphony Orchestra, London
04/3 – The Moth Club (Annie Mac Presents), London
08/5 – Pitchfork Music Festival, Berlin