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“I’ve always been pushed to either be an artist or a musician, it’s like you can be one or the other but you can’t be both. Laurence Made Me Cry is a way for me to combine everything I love doing as one project and not feel guilty about it.” – Jo Whitby, Laurence Made Me Cry
Laurence Made Me Cry isn’t a band, it’s a project that incorporates music, art, animation, poetry and storytelling. At least it will do in time. For now the visual concepts have been initiated and the stories are forming waiting to be told. There’s an odd familiarity about the music of Laurence Made Me Cry. The songs bring with them a sense of timelessness and warmth like meeting up with an old friend. It’s not surprising however that the tracks may seem familiar considering they’ve been quietly floating around the internet for the past few years under the radar.
The artist behind the project is multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby, a West Country girl at heart but now making roots in the Welsh capital Cardiff. Having spent many years immersing herself in the Bristol live music scene, it wasn’t until her move to Wales that Jo found the confidence to finally set her own music free. “There’s such a positive attitude to music in Cardiff. You don’t feel judged and people are willing to get involved and help you out. I like that”.
‘The Rain Song EP’ is the first release from the project and consists of a collection of home recordings spanning over several years. This collection of short songs represent as an introspective view on the world the narrator lives in and the part played by feelings of change, growth, and finding your own space in the development of the stories. The songs act an auditory complement to the artwork featured on Laurence Made Me Cry but not solely, both media can be enjoyed independently whilst retaining the same qualities.