Sometimes a change is all that is needed to kick-start the creative process.
Based in South London, Laurie Belgrave tried studios and rehearsal spaces across the capital, but found that his hushed, fragile tones were obliterated by the surrounding noise.
Requiring silence and space to think for himself, the songwriter - newly shortened to Belgrave - escaped to Cornwall. Recording in a seaside cabin, three demos reached the ears of Liam Howe (FKA Twigs, Jessie Ware, Lana Del Rey), who began collaborating with the singer on full studio material.
A new EP is forthcoming, but for now Clash is able to premiere 'Giving Up My Echoes'. Poetic, literate songwriting emerging from a real sense of calm, the multi-layered vocals nod towards R&B while retaining a real sense of Englishness.
Check it out below.