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Live Gig Video: Lucy Rose shares shadowy promo for single ‘Conversation’ from upcoming fourth album

 
By on Wednesday, 16th January 2019 at 4:00 pm
 

The uncompromising Lucy Rose will be releasing a new album this March. The follow-up to 2017’s ‘Something’s Changing’ and its associated 2018 remix album, ‘No Words Left’ will be with us in March. (I wonder if she’ll be appearing at SXSW 2019 to promote the new LP?) Speaking about the upcoming release, she said, “…sincerity really is the key to this record. It’s my truth. Sincerity is the truth of a person, not just the good but the bad: the flaws, the realness, which can never be ‘perfect’. This album reflects the reality of my life, the toughness life throws at you, and for a period of time it did become too much for me to handle alone.”

An early taster, the single ‘Conversation’ is a song about – yup, you guessed it – the words you longed to say to someone but couldn’t. She goes through the conflicting feelings of love and hate for someone she clearly adores but who has also hurt her deeply. (I’m so intrigued by Lucy’s word choices here, I’m considering doing a full analysis over on my other site Music in Notes.) The treatment given to the song, with her emotive voice and acoustic guitar, augmented by a sweetly gentle orchestration in the background, is sheer perfection. If this is Lucy Rose being honest and beautifully so, then ‘No Words Left’ should be an incredible record indeed. Watch the monochromatic, beguilingly shadowy performance video for ‘Conversation’ below. It’s scheduled for release on the 22nd of March on Communion Records. She has announced UK tour dates for mid-April and Continental ones for early May. Past coverage on TGTF on Lucy Rose can be read through here.

 

SXSW 2018: Friday night with Communion, AdHoc, Sounds from Italy, and…more

 
By on Friday, 27th April 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

The Friday night of SXSW typically finds St. David’s Episcopal Church taken over by Communion Music for their annual showcase of exemplary songwriters across genres. SXSW 2018 was no different in that regard, and while I didn’t set foot inside the British Music Embassy even once during the week, I did manage to make my annual pilgrimage to St. David’s, though this year’s visit would be brief.

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The church’s main sanctuary was already crowded by the time I arrived, in anticipation of popular British singer Lucy Rose. Rose has made a concerted effort over the past several years to reconnect with her fans, who have repaid her with unconditional adoration. Rose opened her Communion set with a rather unusual introduction, saying “I’m here to play all your favourite songs.” After playing a couple of new tunes and fan favourite ‘Shiver’, Rose took a handful of requests from the audience, her spontaneity and genuine connection only adding to the graceful charm of her performance. Take a listen to her acoustic performance of ‘Moirai’ for Burberry by clicking here.

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Following Rose on stage was Irish breakout sensation Dermot Kennedy, who editor Mary also covered in her Friday night recap. Despite his perhaps overly casual attire, Kennedy made a strong impression on the audience with his jarring combination of gentle folk and powerful hip-hop styles. Standing at first empty-handed in front of the microphone, he assumed an almost prayerful position in the pulpit while singing. Later in the set, Kennedy would demonstrate his guitar skills (as well as his left-handedness). His powerful single ‘Moments Passed’ stunned the St. David’s crowd to silence, followed immediately by ecstatic applause.

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After Kennedy finished, I left the Communion show to head over to Cheer Up Charlie’s, where American singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus was playing on the AdHoc showcase. Dacus’ recent LP ‘Historian’ has been a critical success, and its songs were no less effective in live performance. Dacus herself was mild-mannered and reserved on stage behind a pair of studious round eyeglasses, but her music made a more powerful emotional statement. You can watch Dacus perform ‘Historians’ for NPR’s South X Lullaby right through here.

During Dacus’ set, my evening took a slight detour. While I was photographing her with my smartphone, I received an email notification from one of The Lost Brothers, whom Mary and I had seen and chatted with on Tuesday. They were preparing to play a post-SXSW show in my adopted hometown of Tucson, but found themselves potentially stranded at the airport in Phoenix, over 100 miles away, on the day of the gig. As soon as Dacus finished playing, I found myself an empty chair and, in a flurry of emails and text messages, located a Tucson compatriot who was able to give the Irish folk duo a lift. This same friend told me later that the Losties’ show in Tucson was a smashing success–I was quite jealous that she got to go and I didn’t! But, as they say, all’s well that ends well, and this story indeed had a happy ending.

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Feeling satisfied with my logistical efforts, I left Cheer Up Charlie’s at a bit of a loose end. It was late by this point, and I figured I probably only had time for one more show before calling it a night. I consulted the SXSW Go app and settled on folk pop singer Damien McFly (aka Damiano Ferrari), who was playing on the Sounds from Italy showcase at Stephen F’s Bar on the second floor of the Intercontinental Hotel. The setting was elegant enough and not too crowded, but the small audience at Stephen F’s seemed a bit deflated at this late hour. After a long technical delay, McFly and his band finally took the stage, and while the songs themselves were engaging, the band never quite made up their lost momentum. However, McFly’s songwriting is well worth a second listen. Check out his sharp live performance of ‘Leap’, courtesy of K Session, just below.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2018: UK singer/songwriters showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Friday, 9th March 2018 at 11:00 am
 

The list of solo singer/songwriters showcasing at SXSW 2018 is predictably lengthy. Festivals lend themselves easily to the traveling troubadour types: setting up shop with a single person and instrument is easier than carting a full band’s worth of gear around town to play show after show. However, the singer/songwriter genre is becoming increasingly diffuse, as its definition expands to include a wide array of different instrumental and vocal sounds.

The singer/songwriter acts representing the UK at SXSW this year are broad in their stylistic scope, from unassuming acoustic balladeers to rising mainstream pop stars to eclectic avant garde musicians. Many of the acts on this year’s list are artists we at TGTF have covered extensively in the past, including Frank Turner (pictured at top) and Lucy Rose, but there are a number of new-to-us acts on the bill as well. We’ve covered a fair few of those in our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch features, including Jade Bird, ONR, Rhys Lewis, Chloe Foy, Allman Brown, C. Macleod, and Sam Fender. Read below for a brief rundown of the remaining UK singer/songwriters heading across the pond to SXSW 2018.

Christopher Rees – We featured Welsh singer Christopher Rees in the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013, but haven’t heard much from him since that time. He heads to Austin this year with a new Americana album called ‘The Nashville Songs’ in tow. Take a listen to the chilling single ‘I Shiver’, just below.

Dan Bettridge – As we previously mentioned, Bettridge missed out on SXSW 2017, due to visa issues which his management has discussed in detail here. Bettridge will release his debut solo LP ‘Asking for Trouble’ later this year. Along with Rees, Bettridge will be proudly waving the Welsh flag in Austin.

Dan Lyons – Margate alt-pop singer Dan Lyons has spent the past four years primarily as a drummer, but he’s now stepping into the spotlight as a solo songwriter. His single ‘Big Moon’ was released at the end of February on Shaker Records.

The Dunwells – While obviously not a solo act, Leeds rock duo The Dunwells have nevertheless been classified as singer/songwriters at this year’s SXSW. They released a new EP called ‘Colour My Mind’ back in December, which included the track ‘Diamonds’, playing just below.

Elle Exxe – This Scottish pop singer is no stranger to SXSW or to the pages of TGTF. She recently teamed with MAC Cosmetics to promote her latest single ‘Catapult’; watch her exotic visuals in the promo video just below.

Emme Woods – Another Scottish songwriter, Woods’ singing voice belies her youthful 22 years of age. The level of musical sophistication in her single ‘I’ve Been Running’ is also well-beyond what you might expect of a musician so young. Check out the PledgeMusic campaign for her debut EP just through here.

Frank Turner – We’ve covered the indefatigable Mr. Turner and his merry band of Sleeping Souls extensively here at TGTF, including a lovely interview at SXSW 2015. This year, Turner is showcasing his forthcoming seventh studio LP ‘Be More Kind’, due out on the 4th of May via Polydor/ Xtra Mile. We’ll be looking forward to hearing the new songs at SXSW; in the meantime, you can take a listen to the album’s title track just below.

Gaz Coombes – Another artist we’ve featured in live coverage on TGTF, alt-rock songwriter and former Supergrass member Gaz Coombes will travel to Austin with a set of new songs from his forthcoming LP ‘World’s Strongest Man’, due out on the 4th of May.

Harry Pane – This Northamptonshire indie folk singer broke onto the music scene in 2015 and released two EPs, ‘Changing’ and ‘The Wild Winds’, in the following 2 years. He comes to SXSW 2018 with a pair of new singles, ‘Here We Stay’ and ‘Beautiful Life’. Listen to the latter just below.

Hilang Child – Hilang Child is the stage name of half-Welsh, half-Indonesian dream pop songwriter Ed Riman. Currently based in London, Hilang Child has recently signed on with Bella Union for the release of his debut LP, which will include the calmly introspective new single ‘Growing Things’.

Jerry Williams –  This 22-year-old Portsmouth alt-pop songstress has already captured the attention of BBC Radio 1 in the UK and KCRW in America. She has recently collaborated with fashion brand Topshop to market her new single ‘Grab Life’, ahead of her scheduled appearance on the BBC Introducing showcase on the Tuesday night of SXSW.

Jonny 8 Track – Brighton’s Jonny Aitken, aka Jonny 8 Track, is the first UK signing to Austin record label Chicken Ranch Records. His back catalogue includes ‘All America Taught Me’ from back in 2013.

Joshua Burnside – We covered this Northern Irish avant/experimental songwriter last year around the release of his debut album ‘Ephrata’, which won the 2017 Northern Irish Music Prize. Just below, check out the Ryan Vail remix of album track ‘Blood Drive’.

Lion – London alt-rock singer/songwriter Beth Lowen became known as Lion due to the rough and raspy tone of her singing voice. She’s so fresh on the scene that she has yet to officially release any music, and her SXSW 2018 bio links to an amateur video of a live performance at Shepherd’s Bush Empire from back in 2016.

Lucy Rose – We recently featured Rose’s new single ‘All That Fear’ as our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2801. Rose will be showcasing that single along with her recent album ‘Something’s Changing’ at SXSW. She is also scheduled to speak in a panel session titled ‘It’s a Fan’s World: The Life of Superfans’ on Friday the 16th of March.

Lucy Spraggan – You might remember Manchester songwriter Lucy Spraggan as a former X Factor contestant from back in 2012. Just last year, she released her fourth studio album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’, on her own label CTRL Records. The LP features the track ‘Fight For It’, streaming just below.

Nilüfer Yanya – This youthful West London songwriter brings a unique sense of irony and bemused detachment to what might otherwise be dismissed as standard indie pop. Her breakthrough single ‘Baby Luv’ is out now on Blue Flowers/ATO Records.

Nina Nesbitt – It’s been a day or two since we heard from Scottish pop songstress Nina Nesbitt, but she is heading to Austin with a potential new album in the works. No details have been shared as of yet, but Nesbitt did recently release a new single written in Nashville, ‘Somebody Special’.

Non Canon – Bristol alt-folk songwriter Non Canon takes his stage name from the idea that “anything described as ‘Non Canon’ exists apart from the story we know and love. A concurrent storyline, a different perspective, the world we experience through someone else’s eyes; familiar but insightful for its new dimension.” He comes to Austin as part of the Xtra Mile Recordings troupe; the label released his debut LP back in 2016.

Only Girl – South East London pop-soul artist Ellen Murphy, known on stage as Only Girl, has recently released a personally poignant new single titled ‘Mountain’, which deals with her husband Jamie McKechnie’s assault and traumatic brain injury, suffered back in 2011. Murphy says of the track, “I wanted the video for ‘Mountain’ to really convey Jamie’s journey through recovery since he suffered the brain injury. I think his story is so inspiring and shows how he really fought for his life against all the odds.” She speaks of her husband as the inspiration for the song: “If I could focus myself on climbing this mountain alongside Jamie, I could force myself to stay strong for him.”

Pete Molinari – Veteran folk and blues songwriter Pete Molinari is one of the few artists appearing at SXSW with nothing new on offer in terms of recorded music. He is set to play the We Are Hear Records showcase on the Tuesday night, alongside the aforementioned Lion.

Will Varley – This Kent singer/songwriter and Xtra Mile Recordings artist will bring his brilliant new album ‘Spirit of Minnie’ to Austin this year, on the heels of an American tour with label mates and fellow SXSW 2018 artists Skinny Lister. We featured the video for album track ‘Seven Days’ back in January; you can listen below to the gentle but poignant ‘Let it Slide’.

Please note that all information we bring you about SXSW 2018 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW 2018 schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook or official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2801: Lucy Rose

 
By on Monday, 5th March 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

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Ahead of her trip to America for SXSW 2018, English singer/songwriter Lucy Rose has just premiered a new and deliberately simple promo video for ‘All That Fear’, a b-side track from her 2017 LP ‘Something’s Changing’. The video originally appeared at Billboard, where it was adeptly described as “unvarnished.”

The intimate black-and-white visual approach to ‘All That Fear’ meshes perfectly with the song’s elegant musical setting, which features jazz-tinged piano harmonies behind Rose’s delicate vocals. Her opening lyrics, “think what you want about me / tell me something I don’t know / tell me something that is real”, encapsulate her mindset during the recording of ‘Something’s Changing’. At the time of its release, Rose said, “I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I’ve ever felt in my life. So there is a lot of searching as well as a lot of discovery on this record.”

Filmed by Rose’s husband and tour manager William Morris, the video for ‘All That Fear’ takes place in an Australian hotel room, at the start of a run of shows Rose played there last month, including headline dates in Sydney and Melbourne. Rose described the setting and the inspiration for the video on her Twitter: “My husband Will and I filmed this on our first night in Australia. I was jet-lagged, had no makeup on & had nothing to hide. I wanted to show a side of me that for so long I wouldn’t have shown anyone & a side of me I’ve grown to love.” Watch the courageous video for ‘All That Fear’ just below.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Lucy Rose’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates. Rose’s third album ‘Something’s Changing’ is available now on Communion Records. You can read more about Rose on TGTF back through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2425: Lucy Rose

 
By on Thursday, 17th August 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

The lovely Lucy Rose released a new album last month. ‘Something’s Changing’, her first for Communion Records, follows 2015’s ‘Work It Out’ and has already found its own fans. Read Steven’s thoughts on the long player back here. Today, we have for you the latest video from the album, for ‘Second Chance’. She’s recruited heavy hitters for this promo: Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Elinor Barker and director Joe Connor, who’s previously worked with Coldplay, Elbow and the Maccabees.

Lucy explains that the inspiration for the song was a conversation she had with a relative: “‘Second Chance’ was inspired by a conversation I had with my husband’s great aunt on New Year’s Eve. She was looking at an old photo of herself and said ‘Look how lovely I was! It’s funny that I could only think that now of myself as an old lady. Looking back but at the time, I would never have thought that’. It really struck a chord with me as I can definitely relate to that. So, I decided from that point onwards that I wanted to use her hindsight and learn from it and see myself differently. Love myself for who I am and not wish to be anything different.” Wise words to inspire. Watch the video below. For more of our coverage on Lucy Rose here on TGTF, use this link.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 
 
 

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