Professionally speaking, Laswell doesn't have much to be sad about: His music has been used in numerous TV shows (including "Grey's Anatomy" and "90210"), and he was the first artist signed to Whole Foods' new Artist Discovery Series, a Starbucksian move that will feature albums for sale at the stores' checkout lanes.
It's easy to see why Laswell's music works so well in film: His music captures sorrow in a way that is emotional and non-distracting to the scene at hand. Even as he defines the lonely as "the ones that seek and find, only to be let down time after time" on "Comes and Goes (In Waves)," he delivers a song that is enchanting and oddly uplifting, with its guitar and piano interplay and the stunning harmonies of Molly Jenson.
But "Alto Nido" is not just teen TV pap: The piano-driven "Days Go On" is as mesmerizing as it is haunting, and "Not Out" is a swaying tribute to life after love, with Laswell's charismatic voice sure to induce swoons in every woman who hears it.
-- Catherine P. Lewis