Laura Roy has all the honesty of her home-base of Halifax and all the energy of Toronto and New York, where she wrote and recorded her debut self-titled EP. Rarely do you get synth-pop combined with 90s style R&B, but Laura Roy proves the pairing. She emits confidence and ease on the EP, which features six songs of power, ranging from post-relationship anthems (“Looking the Other Way”) to themes of independence (“Bright Lights”). There’s a beautiful optimism within “Full Moon”, and “Take Me Down” embraces a standout percussion line.
But to get a sense for the raw talent behind the art, check out the acoustic session for the final track on the EP, “Plastic” which you can see above. On “Plastic” there is something raw that is only enhanced in the acoustic setting. The song is a definitive highlight in both forms. Two sides of a beautiful coin. The rearview mirror vantage point that most of the clip is seen from creates a separation that is simply poignant.