LUCY ROSE – ” No Words Left “

Posted: March 27, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The latest album from English songwriter Lucy Rose is beautiful but intense. Her tendency towards contemplation could very well explain the complexity and depth of No Words Left, an album that Rose herself confirms as “the different one”, and it is – with its lyrically tense, transfixing melodies and intriguing instrumentation, it’s a distinct shift in sound at nearly a decade into her career of making powerful yet approachable folk/indie-rock gems.

“I don’t know, I feel like after every record you’re like, ‘Yeah this is me, I’ve really found myself on this one,’” Rose laughs. “And then six months later you’re like, ‘Oh God, it was all a lie.’ You’re always excited about a new record and you somehow want to think it’s more authentically you. I guess I don’t know where it’s come from. It’s just the nature of things and curiosity for trying something else.

“I think this one has turned out the way it has is for a multitude of reasons. Touring without a drummer because I can’t afford to take a band with me, having freedom to play outside of rhythm, has been liberating. Doing more stuff on the guitar has led me to being the master of my own pace on this record. I’ve just been able to reach that point where I’m like, ‘Fuck it, if they don’t like it, I don’t care.’”

The sonic shift has seen Rose incorporate some sax and strings with her sighing but forceful vocal, making for a beautiful and often unsettling listen. Musically, it’s diverse. Lyrically, it’s intense. Lead single Solo(w) laments, “But I can’t help it when I am so low/Pretending like I have a purpose/Well, now that’s long gone/Something’s missing/When I am solo, so low, solo, so low.”

“The content of the songs, I don’t know why I wrote about what I did – it just sort of happened,” Rose explains. “I spend every waking minute of my day analysing every feeling that I have, which isn’t necessarily a good thing but I think it’s led to the album having an introspective view on everyday feelings. The whole thing has been a bit of a surprise, really.

“I would presume that I should know how to talk about my emotions by now. And because of my music I give myself the impression that I do. And I can’t; I can somehow do it in a few lyrics, but if you sat down and tried to talk to me about it, I wouldn’t be able to make much sense of it.

“It’s an intense thing, the album. You could put it on the list of things that you don’t like at first but you grow to love. Like beer, wine and olives.”

These songs have allowed me to get to know myself in a way I haven’t before and I’m sure after you listen to it you’ll end up knowing me better as well. There’s so much I could say about the record but at the moment I just want you to have it.

As you will have seen, a huge part of telling the story of the album and how it’s been made has been through my husband, Will Morris’s photos. They were the catalyst which inspired me to make the visual film to accompany the album, directed by Chris McGill.

For the first time ever I feel like I’ve made an album as one piece of music. It’s not a collection of songs but an album which describes a certain time in my life and the feelings that went with it. I’ve always thought an album needed light and shade but I decided it was time for me to embrace all the shade and I knew the light would come when the time was right.

As always thank you so much for being here and sticking with me. It’s album number four and making it has been a monumental journey for me but I feel so much stronger for it. Hope you are all well and I’m sure to see some of you on the road these next 9 months.

Lots of love,
Lucy x

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