Warwickshire songwriter Lucy Rose may appear fresh faced and new, but I suspect more than a few of you will already be familiar with her work. The young starlet is an on and off collaborator with Bombay Bicycle Club, featuring on both Flaws and A Different Kind Of Fix, complimenting and harmonizing with Jack Steadmen’s lead vocal.
2012, however, sees Lucy Rose striking out on her own and the indie press are already fully behind her. The Fly have been particularly strong supporters and HMV named Lucy one of their “Next Big Things” for 2012, but most of the hard work has been done by the singer herself. Writing quietly touching acoustic driven tracks she won over fans at a series of intimate affecting shows.
Latest single “Scar” is a classic quasi-ballad made for the radio with its mix of low key arty illusions, quaintly understated female vocals, and it’s warm stirring arrangement which pleasingly builds without giving way to a Florence or Mumford style crescendo. “The Middle Of The Bed” strongly recalls Emmy The Great with its smart charm and knowingly sharp self-assurance. In reality she lacks Emmy’s harshly intelligent analytical bite, but Lucy makes up for that with a fay approachability and a warm immediacy. While “Night Bus” suggests, a softer shade of Emmy, might be just what the indie doctor ordered. David Hayter
The Buzz: Move over Marling indie has a new understated sweetheart.
For Fans Of: Emmy The Great, Daughter, Regina Spektor, and (of course) Bombay Bicycle Club.
Catch Her Live: The Jazz Cafe February 4nd