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Album Review: Lucy Rose – Something’s Changing

 
By on Friday, 7th July 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Lucy Rose Something's Changed album reviewWhen most artists find themselves at a loss, they tend to seek out inspiration that makes them remember why they started writing songs in the first place. Lucy Rose found herself doing just that, only instead of maybe just finding a different producer, or writing somewhere else, she enlisted the help of her fans. Being just one person and with her guitar, she travelled to South America, where she visited cities that rarely get any attention from the music world, and on two conditions: her fans book the gigs, and she also got to stay with them.

What happened during this trip is Lucy found herself thrust into a realm of inspiration she’d never found before. Whilst living with people who have far less than her, and in countries that can be closed-minded against more progressive life choices, she heard many stories about struggles and life experiences. It’s these stories that allowed Lucy to open up to a whole new level of vulnerability. From the get-go on ‘Something’s Changing’ with the aptly named ‘Intro’, it’s the delicateness that hooks you in. A simple piano line beckons the beginning of the record, in a sparse and lonely manner that is repeated throughout the record.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2K1ZU8BOGY[/youtube]

While ‘Intro’ sets the tone, ‘Is This Called Home’ brings into action the ideas that build the record up. More sparse instrumentation, this time guitar, kicks the song off while Lucy’s voice perfectly compliments the highs of the guitar with her angelic tone. The slow nature and accompanying string accompaniment accentuate the vulnerability that she exposes throughout with lyrics such as, “Am I the monster? Did I deserve all of those words?”. With somewhat of a change in pace, ‘Strangest of Ways’ takes up a slow waltz with a quaintly catchy chorus, finger snaps included. “Let me live in the wild tonight, I’ll never be alone”, Lucy sings above the music, possibly referring back to her influential trip and the different people, places and creeds that she was surrounded by.

‘Floral Dresses’ returns to the vulnerable, with just her voice and guitar taking centre stage to begin with before layers appear, filling the wide open audible spaces. Notching things back up a slight gear once more, ‘Second Chance’ has a jazzy tempo that’s pushed forward by the thick double bass and shuffling drums. The ever so slightly quickening pulses that appear throughout the album are needed because you can find your attention waning, but there is certainly a beauty to the quiet and bare tracks. ‘Love Song’, of course, goes to the strummed acoustic guitar, but with flourishes that add a quirky flicker to its pace.

The distorted guitar lines of ‘Soak It Up’ break out of the regular format slightly, but it’s the chorus that holds the real driving power. Pounding guitars that build upwards whilst Lucy repeats the song’s title have the most power on the record: a tentative power, nonetheless. Throughout the record, you hear Lucy doing just as she sings in the track, “so open up, feel my love’, a clear reflection on her time away and finding out that being far out of your comfort zone can be a blessing. Conveying these messages is what Lucy’s craft was made for, and she does it spectacularly.

‘Moirai’ has more pleasant and enjoyable songwriting, with instrumentation and lyrics coming together to make a lovely rhythm that carries you away. Soft strings sit below the piano line as the drums patter along before it all falls away to build to a gentle crescendo: in one word, delightful. ‘No Good At All’ (single review here) goes about its business, no different to any of the others, a dainty striking electric piano line coming in during the pre-chorus, but the chorus all of a sudden becomes a luscious, soft, soulful rhythm. It’s lightly soaring, with everything done with the most extreme of caution, but works so perfectly, an album highlight.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRgD9W7qYl4[/youtube]

No points for guessing what ‘Find Myself’ concerns, but isn’t that why we’re all here? Storytelling is a part of the art, and if you don’t expect to hear about the writer’s experience, then you’re listening to the wrong genre. Both ‘Find Myself’ and ‘I Can’t Change It All’ have the most substance to them, gifting the most that Lucy has to offer, all for it to be rounded off by the latter’s soaring and sweeping string crescendo, coupled with soft horns.

Overall, ‘Something’s Changing’ is a listen that requires attention and a want to find more from life. That’s what Lucy did and she’s giving it to us through proxy of her album. There are lows and there are highs, but the same can be said of life.

8/10

‘Something’s Changing’ is out today on Communion Records. To read more of TGTF’s coverage of Lucy Rose, follow this link.

 

Single Review: Lucy Rose – No Good at All

 
By on Friday, 23rd June 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Here we are in 2017, and we’re still having to point out the discrepancies between men and women in professional opportunities available to them and salary. It’s embarrassing. In the music business, it’s no different. There are only two paths for a young woman to take in this industry: sell your image (your body, sexuality, brashness or weirdness) to get ahead, or shun the image makers and try to make a go with sincerity. For herself, Lucy Rose has chosen the latter, and it’s worked gangbusters for her.

From her early days backing mates Bombay Bicycle Club’s acoustic tracks through her two studio albums and a live record last December, she’s never wavered from her effortless position of disarming innocence. Speak to her, listen to her records: you can tell she is, warts and all, genuine. When she sings about heartbreak in that clear, sweet voice of hers, you can relate in a heartbeat because she’s the girl next door, even as she nears the big 3-0. In a world where pop tarts selling sex in fake eyelashes and kilos of makeup are a dime a dozen, Lucy Rose is a refreshing antidote. Next month, she will release her third album ‘Something’s Changing’, her first with Communion Records.

The newest single to preview the upcoming LP, ‘No Good at All’, was reportedly written before Rose’s debut tour of Latin America last year. It’s an excellent example of the deftness of her songwriting ability. Is it a love song? Is it an admission of imperfection? It is a message of surrender? Okay, do you give up? It’s all of these things, thrown into one song. Despite the disparate missives, somehow, it works. In the line “I’m not the oil painting you once bought” and later with “I’m nothing like the vision you once formed”, Rose is clear about being her own woman. She’s embracing who she is and what she has become. Yet she fully admits to wanting passion in a relationship, confessing she’s given in and essentially has become weak in the face of love: “Now when you’re looking at me / I swore I’d never fall / it does no good / no good at all”.

The instrumentation of the single is sympathetic to the sensitive subject matter, gently propelled forward by Rose’s melodic voice and the gaiety of repeated organ chords and backing vocals. Appropriately, the mellow track has been given a full psychedelic treatment in its promo video: plenty of pink and orange décor, big hair and flowery shirts, with Rose holding court with a microphone, sat at the piano. Understated, yet packing an emotional punch, ‘No Good at All’ whets the appetite for ‘Something’s Changing’ in 2 weeks’ time.

8/10

‘No Good at All’ from Lucy Rose is out now. You can also check out ‘Is This Called Home’ and ‘Floral Dresses’ featuring the Staves, both of which have also been released as tasters ahead of the album. ‘Something’s Changing’ will be available from the 7th of July from Communion Records. Have a read through our past coverage of the straight as an arrow singer/songwriter through this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYgzkOtK_HE[/youtube]

 

Lucy Rose / December 2017 English Tour

 
By on Thursday, 18th May 2017 at 9:00 am
 

In a touring scheme similar to what Teleman did a few years back, Lucy Rose will be playing a series of shows in libraries. She has announced five shows in December in England, which are all already on sale. A few weeks ago, we shared with you Lucy’s track ‘Is This Called Home’, from her upcoming album ‘Something’s Changing’, out on the 14th of July. To catch up on all of TGTF’s past coverage on Lucy Rose, follow this link.

Saturday 9th December 2017 – London Idea Store Whitechapel Library
Sunday 10th December 2017 – Bristol Central Library
Monday 11th December 2017 – Liverpool Central Library
Tuesday 12th December 2017 – Lancaster Library
Wednesday 13th December 2017 – Barrow Library

 

Video of the Moment #2351: Lucy Rose

 
By on Friday, 28th April 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Lucy Rose has something exciting to share with us this week. Namely, her directorial debut in her latest promo video. ‘Is This Called Home’ is taken from her upcoming album ‘Something’s Changing’, which we already previewed last month with the video for ‘Floral Dresses’, featuring sister act The Staves.

What’s particularly unusual (unique?) about this visual is probably the fact that dancing isn’t really the first thing you think of when you consider Lucy Rose’s music. Getting drawn in by the emotions, yes; cutting a rug, no. Additionally surprising about this video is that it was filmed with the Lake District providing a beautiful backdrop to dancer Jonathan Lutwyche’s fluid motions. Watch the video for ‘Is This Called Home’ below. ‘Something’s Changing’ is scheduled to be released on the 14th of July on Communion Records. To read all of coverage on Lucy Rose on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2K1ZU8BOGY[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #2314: Lucy Rose (feat. The Staves)

 
By on Monday, 6th March 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Lucy Rose has returned with a new single, and with some special guests to boot. This new song from popular pop singer/songwriter represents her first release with the revered Communion Records. Southern sister trio The Staves, who I incidentally caught as part of a Communion Records showcase at my first SXSW in 2012, lend their gorgeous harmonies to the track. I’ll let Lucy speak about the song and the collaboration:

“When I wrote ‘Floral Dresses’ it really reminded me about who I was, and I always think that some of the best songs are the ones which can stand on their own with just one instrument. The message is pretty clear and I hope other people will find comfort in it, and realise they are different but also the same as many people. Having The Staves on it was a real dream come true.“

Watch the official video for ‘Floral Dresses’ below. The single is out now. To read more of TGTF’s previous coverage on Lucy Rose, go here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsHDThmr_ZQ[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Lucy Rose shares another acoustic performance, ‘Shiver’, ahead of new live album

 
By on Thursday, 17th November 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Last month, slight in stature but powerful singer/songwriter Lucy Rose revealed this live acoustic performance of ‘Our Eyes’ from her 2015 album ‘Work It Out’. This week, she has another performance from the same session at Urchin Studios that is coming out in December, just in time for the holidays.

‘Live at Urchin Studios’, scheduled for release on the 9th of December 2016 on Rose Records via Red Essential, followed Lucy’s travels in the UK, all over Europe and Latin America and her yearning to record something a little bit different. And different it is: performing only with one band member, cellist Alex Eichenberger, and over a 1-hour period live in front of an audience, the new live album will include fan favourites from Lucy Rose’s debut album ‘Like I Used To’ and ‘Work It Out’. Watch this new performance of ‘Shiver’, from her debut, below. For more of TGTF’s coverage on Lucy Rose, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyBkR2AyWJs[/youtube]

 
 
 

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