Review: Lucy Rose – Like I Used To

 

For the first time in a long time, there is a British Music ‘scene’,  that credible British artists should be proud to be a part of. The scene has eventually, and wholly, rejected the ready made products that come from overdone television shows, and distinguished itself from a lot of the tripe that comes from across the pond. The indie-folk genre has taken over the British alt and mainstream, and the artists that are riding its wave are simply infectious. A certain Ms. Lucy Rose is the prime example of the wondrous and fantastic musicians that have arisen of late, and Rose’s Like I Used To deserves all the hype that it is destined to receive.

Lucy Rose released her first EP in August 2011 and since has gone from strength to strength. In the past Rose made herself known to the music industry by featuring heavily on many of Bombay Bicycle Club’s works, yet lately, Rose has become famed for her beautiful voice and excellent songwriting skills in her own right. Like I Used To flaunts Rose’s talents superbly; her album is subtle, delicate and instantly enjoyable.

Rose’s debut album is filled with sweet and sad sounds; her songs openly contemplate past loves and discuss present feelings. The tracks are personal without sounding whiney, intimate without being overbearing. Shiver, for example, is the song of a fragile and graceful performer. The track Shiver in which Lucy explains “I shiver like I used to”, and welcomes her listeners to her own dreamy streams of consciousness.

Though Lucy’s tender tones are omnipresent throughout, the album by no means lacks depth nor punch. Tracks Middle of The Bed and Bikes add the upbeat, pop-folk factor to an otherwise indie-folk album, while Watch Over is a more spacey, mod-folk track (and fyi, it’s great).

The mix of mellow and more poptastic tracks means that Lucy Rose slots nicely into the category of music that is currently dominating the ‘British music scene’. In spite of this, her work stands out. Lazy comparisons to Laura Marling are rife in the media; indeed, music journos left right and centre have tried their best to work out where Like I Used To slots into Bombay Bicycle Club’s back catalogue, but frankly, the comparisons are irrelevant.

Many of the tracks on Rose’s album feature varying tempos within single pieces. She has accredited the originality of her music to listening to Neil Young, and it shows. The sounds Lucy Rose has made are brave and impressive, and we envisage great things for Like I Used To.

*You can also stream Like I Used To right now, before it’s release, at likeiusedto.com

Jessica Newsome