Track Review: London’s Requiem // Louis Dunford

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A debut to get excited for, Louis Dunford has just released ‘London’s Requiem’, an ode to the UK capital.

Louis Dunford from North London sings on his debut about his upbringing and paints the picture of London streets to us through the sweet sounds of piano and violin, singing his observations of his family and friends.

“This was actually the first song I ever wrote. It strangely feels more relevant to me now than it did when I wrote it. I wrote it when I was around sixteen or seventeen about the people I encountered and the things I saw growing up in London,” said Dunford.

Despite not quite being a household name yet Louis has garnered himself a dedicated fanbase and performed sold-out shows last year before rescheduling gigs this year due to COVID-19.

As the intimate piano begins, I can’t help but feel I am about to hear the rich tones of Lewis Capaldi but when Louis begins to sing, I am more than happy to hear his unique tone of voice croon on about issues targeting the streets of London. He praises the city’s beauty: “As I look out upon my city, so bright and so pretty under this black London sky.”

He also notes how developed London is as a city filled with tall skyscrapers describing how he can: “Get lost in this maze of concrete.”

Listening to the track almost feels like we’ve taken a sneaky peak in Louis’ private journal or diary, his lyrics give off high levels of intimacy and emotions that seem so personal to the singer-songwriter.

With the same nostalgic feeling of Adele’s’ ‘Hometown Glory’, we can hear the real love and story of Louis’s childhood; from witnessing dealers on street corners to hearing the sounds of sirens, described by Louis as the ‘London Lullaby’.

You can download and stream the new single ‘London’s Requiem’ here.

Words by Cora Dixon

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