LAU­RIE SHAW

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ECLEC­TIC EF­FORT FROM PRO­LIFIC IR­ISH ARTIST

Wir­ral na­tive and Cork res­i­dent Lau­rie Shaw’s Weird Week­ends is a won­der­fully melodic, Brit­popin­spired gem. Shaw has been qui­etly per­fect­ing his craft these past few years, hop­ping be­tween his par­ents’ record­ing stu­dio in Ken­mare and at­tend­ing univer­sity in Cork, all the while re­leas­ing a stag­ger­ing – wait for it – 75 al­bums in var­i­ous mu­si­cal gen­res.

Here, he utilises the Kerry coun­try­side as a back­drop for teenage tales of yearn­ing and missed home­work. In ad­di­tion to fo­cus­ing on the feel­ing of be­ing young, dumb and in love, the record is about find­ing re­demp­tive beauty in the ev­ery­day mun­dan­ity of life.

There are Alex Turner-style stream-of-con­scious­ness mo­ments and crooner sen­si­bil­i­ties on tracks like ‘Shat­ter­proof’ (“You drank your Sauvignon Blanc like some horny sin­gle mother”) and ‘So­phis­ti­ca­tion’ – the lat­ter a disco-tinged tune about a girl try­ing to cap­ture a boy’s at­ten­tion amidst her tur­bu­lent home life.

Shaw’s abil­ity to flit be­tween up­tempo, dreamy synth-pop (‘Weird Week­ends’) and ten­der acous­tic bal­lads (‘Skipped Pe­riod Blues’) is tes­ta­ment to his chameleonic tal­ents.

In­deed, His DIY, au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal song­writ­ing is a breath of fresh air in an in­creas­ingly phoney and mar­ket driven in­dus­try.

OUT NOW / STEPHANIE COSTELLO

Weird Week­ends BLACK LEATHER SOUL MU­SIC

‘Rodeo’

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