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This Town

by Helen Lawson

Taken from the forthcoming album. Featuring guitars, clarinets, violins and mandolin, the warmth of the music is tempered by the pathos of the lyrics, delivered in a voice that recalls Nico and the Fairport Convention's Sandy Denny.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. This Town
2:54 $1.10
2. Coins Hit the Water
3:48 $1.10
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Album Notes
Helen Lawson is a singer-songwriter based in London, UK and Venice, CA. She records her gently melancholic songs at home, in friends’ studios, and anywhere else that seems quiet enough. She is currently working on her debut album at home and with producer Sunny Levine (Scarlett Johannson & Pete Yorn, The Happy Mondays, Mickey Avalon). Her debut EP “Crossing The Bridge” was released in 2008 on London-based indie Lye Green.

Helen grew up in a small village in the Midlands of the UK, “surrounded by cows, sheep, and rhubarb”. During her formative years sitting at the top of a very large oak tree, she would gaze at city lights on the horizon and knew she would one day go to London. It was a while before she realised the lights belonged to a slightly larger neighbouring village. The big city was a way away yet.

On arrival in London, Helen started recording guitars, vocals and “other bits and bobs” in her kitchen, before drafting in friends on cellos, clarinets, and double bass. “I spent most of my recording time dealing with the hum of the fridge and the rumble of the boiler. It’s still there, if you listen closely…”

In 2007 the classical-chill duo AntiAtlas, fronted by Radiohead manager Chris Hufford, asked Helen to write a lyric and melody for one of their instrumentals. It was her kitchen-recorded vocal that ended up on the track “Broken Doll” - released on the album “Between Voices” on the One Little Indian label. This led to her own session at the Radiohead-owned Courtyard Studio, adding final touches to the songs which make up the “Crossing the Bridge” EP.

Helen’s songs are works of gentle power, the warmth of the music tempered by the incisive pathos of the lyrics, delivered in a voice that simultaneously recalls Nico, the Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny and Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval. As legendary songwriter Don Black put it, her songs are "fresh and inventive with some human insights that are deceptively brilliant".

“This Town” and “Coins Hit The Water” are taken from the latest album session with Sunny Levine.

- "An emerging artist worth watching... While Helen Lawson’s voice first brings to mind Beth Orton and Liz Fraser, at times she seems to channel Tracey Thorn and even Annie Lennox into something wonderful and unique. Not prone to excessive volume, she is a singer who demands a little attention of her listeners, as do her understated songs. She rewards us with something pretty special. ****"
Wears The Trousers magazine

- "Helen Lawson is a closely-guarded secret for fans of Folk Pop - for now... Passionate folktronica with lo-fi charm."
Stern Magazine, Germany

- “Helen Lawson is a London singer-songwriter with an absolutely beautiful voice that feels like it belongs to some bygone decade… romantic, contemplative, it feels like being enfolded in a cool bath.”
The Bringer of Song blog

- “Lawson really stands out. A real gem and someone to keep an eye on.”
Carry You Away blog



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