London-based Laura Kidd is a woman with some weighty issues on her mind. Armed with a quiver of thirteen arrowhead-sharp grunge-pop songs, which make up an as yet untitled debut album due in September, she’s bringing her tales of “love, loss, betrayal, homicide, genocide, crap friends and animal urges” to whomsoever is willing to hear them. Recorded at a studio in Hackney with co-producer Myles Clarke, the album was wrapped in seventeen days and features guest vocals from Djevara frontman Bass and harpist Kat Arney.
The album’s first single ‘Let This Be’ was released last month, and will be followed in June by a second single, ‘I Am’, complete with a video made with Judy Jacob of visual art collective Beggar’s Velvet (Laura Marling, Black Francis, Kings Of Leon). First though, in light of the political upheaval we’ve witnessed in the past week, Laura is offering another album track for free. ‘NIMN’ – as in, not in my name – is a protest song with all the attendant gnashing and wailing you might expect. Imagine appealingly grainy angst-pop à la Blood Red Shoes shot through in leftfield with the conceptual imagination of someone like Melissa Auf der Maur, and you’ll get somewhere close to She Makes War.
‘Let This Be’