LUCY ROSE - SOMETHING'S CHANGING
LABEL : ARTS & CRAFTS // RELEASE DATE : JULY 7, 2017
Like all folkloric stories, the making of Something’s Changing has a certain degree of serendipity. Following the European tour commitments of Lucy’s top 10 second album Work It Out, and the ensuring break from the road, she noticed a steady stream of tweets reaching her from Latin America, and the unlikely statistic that her music’s most listened to city on Spotify was Mexico City. It gave birth to the seed of an idea that became a real labour of love over the next six months. Lucy offered her fans in Latin America a deal: “If you book me a gig, I’ll come and stay”. It was a ‘loco demente’ plan but the outcome was far more fruitful and inspiring than could have been imagined.
For two months Lucy, her guitar, and her backpack toured Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico, playing free shows, staying with fans and “falling back in love with making music”. The documentary of her experience there, fans blocking the street outside a gig above a launderette, trying to sleep on endless inter-city bus rides, living with families in out of the way towns and overwhelmed by the kindness and faith in music of those she met, is deeply moving. She took a camera with her and filmed as much of the trip as she could remember to.
“Music is actually more than music for most people in the world,” says Lucy. “Lots of my friends and family won’t have that connection to music like the people I met, but to them it’s more than just having background music when you’re cooking, it’s saved them in some sort of way. The documentary is a big part of this record and I think it explains why that trip was important and why it lead to me making the record that I’ve made. The trip gave me confidence to do things like record in just one take and the songs came more easily.”
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Surfing on the insights of her travels, Lucy set out to make the third album her own sweet way. Real emotions, unprocessed, people playing in the same room, and if she wanted the bass to sound like Scott Walker’s bass that would happen. Through a friend of a friend she hooked up with Brighton producer Tim Bidwell, and in the studio in his house found the ideal place to explore the evocative intimacy and widescreen sweep of the new songs.
Every week Lucy would take the train to Brighton. The record was made in a remarkably fluent seventeen days. Major contributions were made by Tim’s in-house bassist Ben Daniels and drummer Chris Boot (soon to head out as part of the live band) as well as guest appearances by Daughter’s Elena Tonra (Daughter), Marcus Hamblett (Bear’s Den) and Emma Gatrill (Matthew and The Atlas). On two tracks vocal harmonies are provided by The Staves, “Floral Dresses” and “Is This Called Home”. Meanwhile the experiences in Latin America add to the very human heart of the record.
“The songs just came more naturally after that trip, and from feeling good, and from learning so much about myself. And it’s also that I feel the most comfortable in my own skin that I’ve ever felt in my life. So there is a lot of searching but there’s been a lot of discovery which is on this record as well.”
SOMETHING’S CHANGING TRACK LIST
Is This Called Home
Strangest Of Ways
Soak It Up
No Good At All
I Can’t Change It All
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