Laurel (musician)

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Birth nameLaurel Mae Arnell-Cullen
Born (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 25)
Southampton, England
GenresChamber pop, indie pop
Occupation(s)Musician, Producer, Singer
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums
Years active2013–present
LabelsNext Time Records, Theia, Counter Records, Ninja Tune

Laurel Arnell-Cullen,[1] better known as Laurel, is a British indie musician based in London. Laurel received critical acclaim for writing, recording and producing all her music in her bedroom studio in London.


Laurel first caught interest from music bloggers in 2013 when she posted a demo for her song "Next time" in early 2013. Laurel released "Fire Breather" as her first official single, via her SoundCloud in 2013.[2] Laurel released her debut EP, To The Hills, in 2014 via her own record label, Next Time Records.[3][4][5] .[6][7][8] In July 2015, Laurel released a finished version of her song "Blue Blood" which, in demo form had gained much attention with online blogs.[9][10] In March 2016, Laurel released "Life Worth Living" which, would be the first track of her debut album released 3 years later. Unlike her previous work, it featured a strong indie rock influence with a leading electric guitar. In May 2016, she then dropped a second single titled "San Francisco". This single earned her the place of Apple Music's first Artist of the Week. In August 2016, Laurel announced she had signed to Counter Records, a division of Ninja Tune Records and that she would be going on her first headline UK tour in November, in support of her EP, Park. "Hurricane" was released as the first single from Park in September 2016 and gained a lot of buzz from music bloggers and indie radio stations.[11]



Title Details Tracklisting
To The Hills
  1. "To The Hills"
  2. "Nicotine Dreams"
  3. "Shells"
Holy Water
  1. "I Forget"
  2. "Memorials"
  3. "Come Together" (feat. Sivu)
  4. "Holy Water"
  1. "Maybe Baby"
  2. "Hurricane"
  3. "Too Far"
  4. "Goodbye" (Demo)


Title Details Tracklisting
  1. "Avena" (feat. FKA Twigs)
  2. "Juglans" (feat. Yung Gud)
  3. "Arctostaphylos" (feat. Yung Gud)
  4. "Laurocerasus" (feat. Yung Gud)
  5. "Rhus" (feat. Andru)


Title Details Album
"Fire Breather"
  • N/A
"To The Hills"
  • To The Hills EP
  • To The Hills EP
  • Holy Water EP
"Blue Blood"
  • N/A
"Life Worth Living"
  • TBA
"San Francisco"
  • TBA
  • Park EP
"Maybe Baby"
  • Park EP
"Too Far"
  • Park EP


Title Details
  • Release Date: 24 August 2018[15]
  • Label: Counter Records


  1. ^ Johnson, Gabriella. "Meet Laurel, the New Face of British Alt Pop". Vogue. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. ^ Cragg, Michael. "Laurel – Fire Breather: New music". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  3. ^ Frometa, RJ. "LAUREL (@classiclaurel) to Release Debut EP To The Hills, Available April 7, 2014". Vents Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  4. ^ Leorne, Ana. "Laurel announces debut EP To The Hills, shares video for title-track". The Four Oh Five. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Watch Laurel perform Blue Blood and To the Hills". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  6. ^ Unterberger, Andrew. "Stream Laurel's Ethereal 'Holy Water' EP". Spin. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  7. ^ Trott, Florence. "NEW NOISE: LAUREL". Wonderland Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  8. ^ McDermott, Emily. "DISCOVERY: LAUREL". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  9. ^ Bennett, Kim. "LISTEN TO LAUREL'S MAJESTIC NEW TUNE "BLUE BLOOD"". Vice. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  10. ^ Murray, Robin. "Listen: Laurel – 'Blue Blood'". Clash. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  11. ^ Wass, Mike. "Laurel Announces 'Park' EP, Drops New Single "Hurricane"'". Idolator. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Laurel – To The Hills'". Amazon. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  13. ^ Oke, Tobi. "Premiere: Laurel's 'Allelopathy' Mixtape Is Otherworldly'". Complex Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Laurel on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Listen to two brand new tracks from chamber pop artist Laurel ahead of her debut album release". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-06-28.