We’re delighted to premiere ‘Stay Awake to Dream’, the latest video from singer-songwriter Lauren Housley. The song features a lovely vocal melody and engaging, powerful narrative lyrics: “I made the decision to be no angry man’s wife // 14 and knowing to say no to this life.” As the song shimmers to its mesmerising conclusion, the lighting and overlaying video effects capture the song’s mood and create a powerful sense of nostalgia. Housley’s clear, pure tones are a particular highlight of her songs.
Housley’s third album, ‘Girl from the North’, is due for release on 23rd April 2021. The new record is built around the central theme of re-discovering herself, as the Yorkshire singer-songwriter explains: “To move forward we sometimes have to go back. I wanted to prove to myself that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can make great music. Returning to my hometown of Rotherham a few years ago, after leaving at the age of 18, seemed like the most bizarre decision I’d ever made. It was never part of my ‘plan’ but it has in fact enabled me to reassess my life and career goals and move forward in a way that feels true to myself.”
All the new songs were written with long-time musical collaborator Thomas Dibb, who also happens to be Housley’s husband. They had built a studio beneath a food hall in Rotherham where most of the new material was recorded towards the end of 2019. Dibb describes the recording of the new album: “This new album from Lauren is a real step up in song-writing and story-telling. She is drawing on inspiration from her childhood: growing up in the working-class town of Rotherham, having big dreams and exploring the world through her art. I hope young girls and women can listen to Lauren’s story and find inspiration in it themselves. We had planned to relocate from Manchester to London to work more closely with our manager and label. Something just didn’t feel right and we decided to move back to Rotherham. When we were in our basement studio, we were totally immersed in making music. There was no Wi-Fi or cell signal, which at points was maddening, but ultimately was a blessing. It was interesting to set out on a journey of introspection and produce this album ourselves. Also, we held our wedding party in the food hall above so it holds a special place in my heart!”
After appearing at the O2 Arena for Bluesfest alongside the likes of Van Morrison, being playlisted on BBC Radio 2 and receiving great critical acclaim for her first two records, hopes are high for the new album. while you’re waiting, check out this excellent single.