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But the similarities don’t stop there. As you’ll see and hear in Mvula’s recent performance of “Green Garden” at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the song is built like a well-cultivated garden, or a tennis swing honed through years of practice. The little details, all working together, result in something that exceeds the sum of its parts.
“Green Garden” starts simply enough, with a looping chime melody, hand claps and Mvula’s soulful voice. Then it builds layer by layer, with drums, multiple voices and melodies that remind you of rock music’s roots – the doo-wop of the 1950s, or the classic Motown hits of the 1960s.
Mvula graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition. Her debut album "Song to the Moon" was released in March.Laura Mvula -- "Green Garden"