Lawrence: ‘Try’ review

What I Know:
Lawrence is an eight-piece soul/funk band from Manhattan, fronted by brother and sister duo Clyde and Gracie Lawrence.

I find this hard to believe but it’s on the internet so it must be true; apparently at the age of just six, Clyde was admitted as the youngest member of the Songwriters Guild of America having composed music for the 2000 film, Miss Congeniality. And that’s not all; he’s composed scores for five other films including an up-coming Disney movie!

But by far the most interesting work to have come from the duo is 2016’s LP Breakfast which featured feel-good hit Do You Wanna Do Nothing With Me? and D’Angelo-style croon-along Where It Started From.

What I Like:
There is a wonderful quote from Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained in which the character “Monsieur” Calvin J. Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) says; “Gentlemen, you had my curiosity … but now you have my attention.” It is that exact phrase that Lawrence are the living embodiment of.

I was first introduced to them when a very good friend of mine recommended the aforementioned Where It Started From to me. It’s a song that largely lollops along with some nice little ‘curiosities’ but it was only as it reached its climax – the bit where the big drums, the brass and the guitar solo kick in around 4:30 – that I really started to pay attention.

And, well, Try pulls off the same trick; only this time they do it better. Again, the song is largely low-key with just the odd tip of the hat to some neat brass motif, some beautiful harmony or piece of production to tickle your fancy. But, again, the track explodes into life – this time around the 2:30 mark.

And this time, with each surge of the climax, it feels not just like the band are trying to outdo the last surge, but all the surges that came on Where It Started From too.

However, listen more closely and you’ll hear that their use of dynamics is stunning throughout; constantly building little waves of tension before dissipating them just as quickly.

It’s a lesson in songcraft and one that, clearly, six year old Clyde learnt quite early on. Glad I’m just getting there at the age of 33!

Try is from a forthcoming album, Living Room due out on September 14th.

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