Sometimes I wonder why an artist hasn’t blown up yet. Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Laura Roy is one of the best young pop-R&B vocalist making music today, with a voice as rich and beautiful as Alessia Cara and JoJo. Yet she remains surprisingly under the radar. However, her 6-track self-titled début successfully aims to change that.
The infectious Don’t Chase The Feeling kicks off an EP that shines from beginning to end, a difficult feat for even top artists with major label and writer support. Its glamorous, bouncy beat is the kind of breezy summer anthem that keeps you dancing into those cold winter months when you need a warm track to get you out of bed. On Looking The Other Way Roy sings, “You had it and you lost it/Now you’re mad that I’m OK,” taking a refreshingly confident approach at the theme of letting go of a love affair that simply doesn’t work.
The weakest track on this overall superb EP is Bright Lights — though, not surprisingly, it’s “never give up on your dreams” theme feels perfect for a Hollywood soundtrack, which only further showcases the talented songwriter’s versatility. One can also hear Roy’s songs in the hands of pop stars like Selena Gomez, JOJO, and Justin Bieber.
After one listen of Take Me Down, I knew it was landing on my Top 25 playlist – it’s pop/R&B at its finest. Closing cut Plastic sees Roy serving cold-hearted swag, making it a perfect way to end an EP that proves that Roy is bringing it – be ready! Cause the girl ain’t playin’.