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    Watch: Lianne La Havas Returns with New Single "Bittersweet"

    British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas has released her first new music since 2016 with the song "Bittersweet," available now on Nonesuch Records in the US. The single is available to download and listen to now here. La Havas's performance of the song for COLORS may also be seen below. Additionally, La Havas debuts her new music live at Los Angeles's Roxy Theatre on March 31.

    "I'd forgotten how much I love singing," La Havas confesses. "I've tapped into the best and worst parts of me and while I didn't expect this to be the direction of my new music, it's my reality and it's driven by emotion." Her current sonic palate takes inspiration from the wistful 1970s Brazilian music of Milton Nascimento as well as the girl group harmonies and empowerment of Destiny's Child.

    Lianne La Havas's most recent album, Blood (2015), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. It received tremendous critical praise, with the New York Times saying, "There are cross-currents of rhythm and harmony, of melancholy and bliss, of romance and self-determination, of playfulness and purpose. But what comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice. It can be a breathy purr, a lilting tease, a liquid confession or a torchy declaration." Pigeons and Planes said, "In the modern world of artificial pop and electronically charged hits, Lianne La Havas brings life. Combining jazzy chord progressions, funky bass lines, and sweet, soulful vocals, (she) makes the kind of music that transcends current fads."

    Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? (2012), received similar acclaim, with the Associated Press calling it "not just one of the year's best debuts, but one of the year's best albums." Among her many other accolades, La Havas has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the Ivor Novello, Brits and MOBOs.

    La Havas has in recent years supported Coldplay on an international stadium tour, headlined Brixton Academy, and played the Afropunk Festival in New York. She and her new band will play London's Barbican alongside BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jules Buckley this week and headline the Pitchfork Music Festival in Berlin in May.

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Lianne La Havas has released her first new music since 2016 with the song "Bittersweet." Her current sonic palate takes inspiration from the wistful 1970s Brazilian music of Milton Nascimento as well as the girl group harmonies and empowerment of Destiny's Child. You can watch her perform the song for COLORS here. La Havas debuts her new music live at LA's Roxy Theatre on March 31.

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British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas has released her first new music since 2016 with the song "Bittersweet," available now on Nonesuch Records in the US. The single is available to download and listen to now here. La Havas's performance of the song for COLORS may also be seen below. Additionally, La Havas debuts her new music live at Los Angeles's Roxy Theatre on March 31.

"I'd forgotten how much I love singing," La Havas confesses. "I've tapped into the best and worst parts of me and while I didn't expect this to be the direction of my new music, it's my reality and it's driven by emotion." Her current sonic palate takes inspiration from the wistful 1970s Brazilian music of Milton Nascimento as well as the girl group harmonies and empowerment of Destiny's Child.

Lianne La Havas's most recent album, Blood (2015), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. It received tremendous critical praise, with the New York Times saying, "There are cross-currents of rhythm and harmony, of melancholy and bliss, of romance and self-determination, of playfulness and purpose. But what comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice. It can be a breathy purr, a lilting tease, a liquid confession or a torchy declaration." Pigeons and Planes said, "In the modern world of artificial pop and electronically charged hits, Lianne La Havas brings life. Combining jazzy chord progressions, funky bass lines, and sweet, soulful vocals, (she) makes the kind of music that transcends current fads."

Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? (2012), received similar acclaim, with the Associated Press calling it "not just one of the year's best debuts, but one of the year's best albums." Among her many other accolades, La Havas has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the Ivor Novello, Brits and MOBOs.

La Havas has in recent years supported Coldplay on an international stadium tour, headlined Brixton Academy, and played the Afropunk Festival in New York. She and her new band will play London's Barbican alongside BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jules Buckley this week and headline the Pitchfork Music Festival in Berlin in May.

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