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Continuing her impressive work ethic, this month sees the release of two new singles from Newcastle songwriter Laurie Shepherd as she builds up to an album release in the autumn.

An artist whose connection to the region’s landscape is an intrinsic part of her sound, it comes as no surprise that first single Wild Land is an evocative ode to longing for nature – something we can likely all identify with given our recent confinement. Drawing on imagery of the ancient forests which once covered the British Isles, gentle strings and soft piano sounds underpin Laurie’s wistful vocals. She says of the song: “I think there are many good things about technology and the modern world, but I also think it can have a numbing effect on us. Cities are great, and they can be also be wild places, in a different way, but we need that other kind of wildness. It’s part of what makes us human.”

Footsteps, due for release later the month, changes tack entirely although is no less affecting. A paean to the Suffragettes and the fight for equal rights, handclaps provide rhythm as a funky guitar line carries the track to a chorus of multi-tracked vocals.

Laurie Shepherd releases Wild Land on 5th August, followed by Footsteps on 19th August



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