She Makes War scores another victory in the campaign to create quality music

Posted: 9 March 2012 in life, music
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None of that “difficult second album syndrome” for She Makes War as Little Battles delivers 15 tracks of diverse and experimental music imparted with confidence and passion across 48 minutes in a triumphantly polished package. This is unquestionably my favourite album of recent months and stands heads and shoulders above disappointing high-profile material such as Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto.

Dubbed by the BBC as a member of The Twitter Elite alongside internationally acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman, She Makes War is the solo project of vocalist and multi-instrument performer Laura Kidd and with Little Battles she maintains the high production values established with debut album Disarm (which I enthused about here). At every stage of the production process Laura has given her all to this album. Even the loss of a day in the studio due to the London Riots wasn’t able to dampen Laura’s enthusiasm. Seriously, this girl works too bloody hard! Even the cover by Marnie Pitts is a gorgeous piece of artistry that deserves to hang in a gallery as a work of art on its own merit.

She Makes War - Little Battles cover art © Marnie Pitts

She Makes War - Little Battles cover art © Marnie Pitts

Whilst a picture may be worth a thousand words, music can produce up a veritable pinacotheca within the mind and Little Battles conjures up thousands of vistas and tales to amuse and entertain the listener. If released on vinyl the album could easily have one side labelled Exuberance and the other Introspection. It’s impossible not to love an album that includes the surreal lyrics of “We are homesick space stations” in Done and Said and creates a new genre of music with electronic a capella in Delete. Each and every listener will have their own favourites amongst the material that Laura has manifested but for my own part three tracks speak to me the most – one in a very personal manner.

In This Boat brings to mind the shipwreck caused by Prospero at the opening of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and numerous forms of Shakespearian shenanigans. Any song that puts one in mind of the Bard is a winner in my book. Each and every repeat listening of May Our Daughters Return Home further evokes the imagery of a neon lit US metropolis streaked with blood and under the thrall of a serial killer with proceedings orchestrated by David Lynch. Imagine Dirty Harry crossed with Zodiac and remade with a “Lynchian” verve and mentality and this is the perfect accompanying piece. The lyrics of Exit Strategy speak to me deeply about my ongoing mental health issues and help empower me to continue with daily existence…


Little Battles is released on 9 April with an accompanying “Album Launch Extravaganza” at The Half Moon Pub in Herne Hill, London on 11 April. Further details on the launch event and how to order the album can be found at the She Makes War website. Be kind to yourself in this age of uncertainty and immerse yourself in the musical output of this talented, generous, and unique musician.


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