CMU Approved

Approved: Laura Moody

By | Published on Thursday 27 November 2014

Laura Moody

Best known as one quarter of the Elysian Quartet, cellist Laura Moody released her debut solo album, ‘Acrobats’, earlier this month.

Her stated aim when first setting out on her own was to see how far she can stretch songs performed with only a cello and her voice. It’s an approach the extremes of which are perhaps best demonstrated with this now nearly four year old but still brilliant shed-based live performance of her song ‘Oh Mother’:

Of course, the trick with pushing boundaries is to know when not to, and so it’s a more restrained Moody we find on ‘Acrobats’. Not that she doesn’t push herself and the listener, but the album’s opening track, ‘We Are Waiting’ (seen performed at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall here), is a beautifully stripped back, folk song. This sets the mood for the following songs, which slowly slip more of the quirks of her performance in around you. The result is an album that’s both welcoming and challenging.

Check out the video for album track ‘Call Time On This Love’ here: