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Laura Mvula collaborates with Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil on new single "What Matters"

17 June 2021, 17:31 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Laura Mvula has released new single "What Matters", which features vocals from Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and lands ahead of her Pink Noise album arriving next month.

"What Matters" follows Mvula's previous outings "Got Me", "Church Girl" and "Safe Passage", and sees her duet with Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil on the retro-tinged track.

Mvula's forthcoming Pink Noise album will be her first in five years, after 2016's The Dreaming Room.

"This is the album I always wanted to make," Mvula explains. "Every corner is made warm with sunset tones of the 80s. I was born in 1986. I came out of the womb wearing shoulder pads. I absorbed the dynamism of the 80s aesthetic right from my first moments on this planet. Wrestling with identity seems to be one of the rites of passage of the established artist. Making Pink Noise felt like the most violent of emotional wrestling matches. It took three years of waiting and waiting and fighting and dying and nothingness and then finally an explosion of sound. As if it was always here this record is my most honest and unapologetic flying of the freedom flag. In my adult years I had forgotten how important dance was to me as a vital tool of my creative expression. I brought it back, just for me, so I could find my delight in dance again. And now I can’t stop dancing. I can’t wait to play this album live."

"What Matters" featuring Simon Neil is out now. Laura Mvula's third album Pink Noise will follow on 2 July via Atlantic Records, and is available to pre-order now.
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