Singer-songwriter releases her first studio recorded EP
Living Image have taken great pleasure in working up the latest offerings from Lauren Castle, all of which feature on her recent release entitled ‘Vintage Dress’. Lauren is a fantastic talent and as well as her unique vocal ability, her evocative and imagery rich songwriting style belies one so tender in years.
Due to popular demand, Lauren’s EP is the first step in developing further her musical career. Lauren has been working with Living Image Music to produce an EP that reflects her enthusiastic and friendly stage presence, as well as her ability to craft an intimate, creative performance. The EP includes four tracks, featuring the eponymous title track ‘Vintage Dress’. Additionally, the disc includes original songs ‘Green Coloured Coat’ and ‘Free House, as well as her unique version of David Grey’s ‘Babylon’, all of which proven to be very popular in reviews and on YouTube.
To produce and deliver a set of primarily self-penned songs with such assurance is remarkable enough – to do it at 16 is absolutely outstanding. ‘Green Coloured Coat’ is gem of a track, mature and wistful, with a beautiful melody and varied time signatures, definitively complementing Castle’s delicate but pitch-perfect voice. She needs to get this one in the can right now and resist the temptation to alter it by one note. Huge song and a very fine performance.”
GEOFFREY HEAD @ LIVE MUSIC SCENE GIG REVIEWS
She sang with such clarity and with mature enthusiasm, we are bound to hear a lot more from her in the future.”
THE RUNNING HORSE GIG REVIEW
Lauren plays the piano and guitar to accompany her lyrical and catchy original songs. Over the past year Lauren has gained support in sharing her music online, as well as playing at many various venues across the country, including The Fleece (Bristol), The Louisiana (Bristol), CalneFest, Mells Daffodil Festival, Cheese&Grain, Seend Acoustic Club, Running Horse (Swindon)… Lauren also has plans for summer 2014 as she is playing at the ever popular Sidmouth Folk Festival as a contracted young performer.
A rare talent indeed, the team at Living Image hold high expectations for Lauren and her ongoing successes and look forward to working with her again soon.
Please find inks below to discover more of Lauren Castle’s Music. The ‘Vintage Dress’ EP is now available to download from iTunes – Click Here
Over the last couple of years we’ve had the pleasure of working closely with some great local artists, musicians and songwriters creating new music. Here’s a brief lowdown of what we’ve been cooking up for these undiscovered talents, as well as a summary of what to expect from some of them in the near future.
Fabian Belassie is a fantastic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a pleasure to work with and all-round thoroughly nice chap. A master of the live performance, Fabian mixes it up with loop pedals and instrumental percussive as well as soaring, layered melodies to create his own one man wall of sound. Neil has worked with Fabian over the past couple of years, working up some rather smashing and altogether eclectic tunes.
Lauren Castle is a sublime young singer-songwriter from Wiltshire with a rare, haunting vocal – yet brim full of innocent optimism. She is blazing trails on the heels of other local talent gone stellar such as Gabrielle Aplin. Lauren has an awesome work ethic and has been working with Neil in the hub for the past couple of months on some new (and revisited) material. Expect her latest offerings to go live before the summer is out. ‘Vintage Dress’ EP due to be released in June ‘14.
Jo Deacon is an amazing vocalist and recording artist. She is one of those ‘lucky ones’ whose effortless professional singing style is only surpassed by a powerful yet pure vocal tone. She has worked with Neil on several projects but has also teamed up with Living Image more recently on their forthcoming and ‘in progress’ mini series of songs, provisionally dubbed the ‘Dumb Luck EP’, Enjoy Retrograde.
Nick is a true gentleman, a most intelligent songwriter and wordsmith who has produced two albums at the Living Image HQ over the past couple of years. His songs combine modern observational prose with quirky and innocent production styles which is sure to charm yet disarm the average listener. Drenched in witty references and drawing upon a plethora of classic influences, each song manages to outwit the last whilst remaining complimentary, like mutually respectful professors discussing classic literature. ‘Fortune Road’ provides a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the folly of greed, set against a playful backdrop of stranglers-esque delight. This is pure, insightful songwriting at it’s best.