Whether it be the whisper-to-howl anguish of Running in the Dark or the fragile, creeping dread of Snow and Ashes, the songs on Flowstate are both beautiful and haunting, with the singer’s layered self-harmonizing backed by delicate classical guitar or piano. Melodramatic and confessional, they often recall the work of Julien Baker or the quieter moments from Waxahatchee.

The Calgary Herald

Laura Hickli’s sound is unique to Calgary’s scene: ethereal and mystic, it floats like waves of light through the trees, eschewing bombast in favour of spectral melodies over tightly-arranged ambient soundscapes. Her 2017 full-length debut, Flowstate, is an exercise in atmosphere, understated and dreamy, with the confidence to leave spaces in the music that suggests a wisdom beyond her years.

Block Heater (Calgary Folk Music Festival)

Laura Hickli brought her emotive and powerful dark pop into the open. With songs about hardship and trauma, Hickli’s voice kept the gathering crowd spellbound in her trance.

Beatroute Magazine

Album Reviews

Hickli’s newest release focuses on dark, emotive pop, like Lorde’s “The Louvre” extended over a full album. Hickli has a voice that cuts clean like glass, slicing through moody piano or guitar or soft backing vocals.

Missoula Magazine

…the stark honesty and heart rending themes are resplendent in its unencumbered production.

Beatroute Magazine

…brilliant! Heartfelt lyrics, amazing vocals, sweet and soulful, refreshing and thoughtful. All the tunes are well produced and sculpted, with gorgeous melodies.

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Hickli’s album is a dream-like, haunting baroque-pop collection that makes good use of her elegant vocals and classical music training as a pianist. The songs are deeply personal accounts of the Calgary artist’s break from a strict religious upbringing and reflect a specific and recent period of transformation for the songwriter.

Calgary Herald