New album ‘Shelf Life‘ (out June 2nd via Whatever’s Clever) captures Laura Wolf’s evolution from classical musician to electronic producer, with self-recording the tracks in 2020 her parent’s attic near New Haven and her apartment in Providence. The music an intricate patchwork of playful sound design, orchestral fragments, electronic samples and intimate vocals, with some personal elements she found from inspiration from the exploration of her family tree during the illness of her grandmother.
“Alluvial Fan” opens the new album out tomorrow, with Wolf servicing up a confident slice of head-bobbing electronic pop, with her signature sugary vocals complimenting the proceedings.
Producer, cellist and singer Laura Wolf picks apart genres and stitches them back together again; the result is her signature off-kilter chamber-pop arrangements packed with delicious sound design.
Next Wedsnesday she announces her upcoming album Shelf Life out June 2nd via Whatever’s Clever, which captures latest snapshot in Laura’s evolution from lifelong classical musician to electronic producer. The album, primarily self-recorded in 2020 her parent’s attic near New Haven and her apartment in Providence, is an intricate patchwork of playful sound design, orchestral fragments, industrial samples and intimate vocals.
The new single “Calligraphy and Calculations” is a track that begun with a sample of a clarinet riff sent to Laura by a friend during a time while she mourned the recent loss of her grandmother. “I was charmed by the wikipedia page of Kane Tanaka, the (then) oldest person alive, which listed her favorite pastimes as “calligraphy and calculations”,” Laura describes. From there she built a synth composite of cello, clarinet and vocal samples as well as all-encompassing beat-driven world to contemplate both life’s mundane moments and those habits that keep one’s Bunsen burners aflame.