Named “Up-And-Comer” by NPR MUSIC
“'Adrienne' is instantly transportive, inviting you into Laurence’s yearning reverie as she recalls stolen moments of tender love.... The resulting track feels lived-in and achingly authentic, a work of singular autumnal beauty and a gorgeous return effort from Laurence."
- UNDER THE RADAR
"Gemma Laurence established herself from the beginning of her musical career as a talented artist who writes romantic, poetic lyrics and puts her heart into her work. Her storytelling and vulnerability can easily be compared to Joni Mitchell, Haley Heynderickx, or Adrianne Lenker."
"Nostalgic, tender, intimate... magical"
"Song of the day"
- NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS
"Delicate, heartfelt, and bittersweet... With her banjo and soft string arrangements, she builds a shelter within her music, which feels a bit like sitting inside a warm cabin as the rain pours down, sipping hot tea cut with a hint of whiskey, and letting the memories wash over you."
"Laurence paints a picture of a past lover with disarming vulnerability and tenderness."
- AMERICANA UK
"Mainer Gemma Laurence goes cottagecore on her intimate new single “Adrienne,” her first new release in two years and the first time she’s addressed her queerness in her music."
- COUNTRY QUEER
"Heady and atmospheric, her lush acoustic soundscapes blend fingerpicked melodies with grainy field recordings, enveloping listeners in a garden of sounds, smells, and textures."
- SHE MAKES MUSIC
“Expansive, heart-wrenching, poignant
- DIVIDE AND CONQUER
“Raised in England and Maine and now living in Vermont, Laurence is clearly inspired by folk songwriters old and new, as well as the woods and snowy evenings of the Northeast coast. With her banjo and soft string arrangements, she builds a shelter within her music, which feels a bit like sitting inside a warm cabin as the rain pours down, sipping hot tea cut with a hint of whiskey, and letting the memories wash over you. Her low, distinct voice is the thread that ties it all together, giving the songs a conversational tone... Crooked Heart puts a fresh spin on classic sounds, braiding delicate guitar and passionate cello lines together and seeding them with specific images: dead roses hung on walls, telephone lines, train platforms, and nights spent playing records on bedroom floors. All of it feels well-aged, a bit faded by sunlight, a bit heartbroken, but never lost and never hopeless...Delicate, heartfelt, and bittersweet, Crooked Heart is a promising debut from a new singer-songwriter.”
“Gemma’s vocals, with their blues inflexions, blend seamlessly with the track developing a sweet and simple sound unique to her.”
- PHASER MAGAZINE
“Laurence’s timeless recordings transport you beyond ordinary circumstances into something that is beyond extraordinary. Hinging off of her own memories of dogwood forests and train station platforms, the set of songs off of Crooked Heart retain a timelessness that will resonate with listeners long after the record has stopped spinning.”
- DIVIDE & CONQUER
“The lilt of her vocals and the pithy edge to her lyrics have drawn comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling, and Adrianne Lenker”
- THANK FOLK FOR THAT
- SONGS FROM A ROOM