After a five year gap filled with trials it’s great to find Laura Mvula back with the avowedly ‘80s influenced ‘Pink Noise’. Uplifting in tempo and in lyrical heft, the Electro, Disco and glowing ‘80s Pop tracks are joyful and empowering.
The title track’s grooving basslines and chiming guitars are reminiscent of Talking Heads, ‘What Matters’ features Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil in a sparkling Synth Pop duet, and ‘Conditional’ features an epic chorus complete with synth stabs and swell, a deep bass groove and Mvula’s Jamaican roots reflected in the verses. Album highlight, ‘Remedy’ tackles racial oppression and the death of George Floyd, the track features the phrase “I can’t breathe”, in a danceable groove that channels Peter Gabriel down to the panning, spoken backing vocal. ‘Pink Noise’ feels like Laura Mvula living her best life. The result is her finest album to date.