Devon born indie pop artist Little Lapin has spent the better part of the last year putting together her forthcoming record, Remember the Highs. Handling writing, vocal and guitar duties herself, she also collaborated with producer Ben King and drummer Andrew Keegan while recording the album at New Zealand’s Anniversary Studio.

The compilation begins with the subtle but stirring acoustic riff of “Magnet Eyes” and runs straight into an absorbing harmony. Building from here, things become steadily busier and maintain a fast pace. It’s a soft and simple opening number that rests easy on the ears. Following up with rousing guitars, “Over the Draft” flows into an expressive melody. Adding an indomitable drum beat and affective synths to the mix, it forges a warm aura that makes for a very pleasant listen.

Title track “Remember the Highs” bursts into vivid vocals and amiable guitars that are soon united with some cheery percussion. All of its elements complement each other splendidly, soothing as they unfold. It’s succeeded by the reserved acoustic introduction of “Go! Stop! Go!”. With instrumentation that continues to grow and stir emotion as it progresses, this pop ballad is both relaxing and deeply moving.

“Sounds of Summer” takes off with an immense organ effect and shattering cymbals that persist through its vivacious vocals. A poignant riff and gentle percussion join in during the fervent chorus. It’s a powerful piece which leaves a lasting impression. “In My Mind” sails smoothly out of its wake towards a hard hitting harmony and penetrating guitars that will haunt your memory long after they’re done.

The biting riff that gets “Colour Blind” going carries an urgency as it approaches piercing vocals that wash over the senses. Exploding into wild and tumultuous instrumentation for its frenzied chorus, things tone down again briefly before arriving at a hectic climax. “Panic” is another touching acoustic composition next, being full of feeling and assertive vocals which loom large. Its successor, “A Nice Coincidence”, adopts a more upbeat demeanour. A compelling melody cuts across faint guitars ahead of merry synths and percussion. It serves as an optimistic finale that ends the proceedings on a delightfully positive note.

Little Lapin has crafted an uplifting and heartfelt pop/folk collection that doesn’t rush itself and takes its time developing. This results in a thoughtful and well constructed musical undertaking whose tremendous vocal work and adept instrumentation captivates and lingers in the mind. Remember the Highs is due for release on May 15th and most definitely warrants investigation.

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