LUCY GAFFNEY – ” Can’t Escape “

Posted: May 24, 2020 in MUSIC
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Rollicking electric guitars set up a lush, rock-forward background out of which Gaffney soars, her voice hot on the mic and pouring out a diary-like entry of unrequited love and restless hearts. “I wrote ‘Can’t Escape’ on an old ’60s vintage acoustic my tour manager had lent me,” Gaffney recently said. “At first it was a lot more stripped back and rough but the feeling was there. It is definitely a lament to being lost in love. I was pretty heartbroken at the time and felt like I couldn’t see the world clearly. I’d lost all sense of myself to someone who’d never feel the same. I took inspiration from Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’, initially, particularly ‘Nude’ and ‘House of Cards’. Thom Yorke’s sultry deadpan vocal has always been a huge inspiration for me vocally and Jonny Greenwood’s guitar exudes so much emotion with it. My biggest vocal inspirations in music have always been Damon Albarn, Dolores O’Riordan, Thom Yorke, Chrissy Hynde, Robert Smith, Neil Young and Sinead O’Connor. I love a voice that Isn’t perfect but can cut to your core.”

She continues, “In March 2019, after a tour in Ireland supporting The Coral, I met James Skelly. He watched my full band sound on stage and told me after it was like Toy and My Bloody Valentine and he wanted to produce us. We went into Parr Street Studios with James and we stripped both songs back to quickly develop a vibe that captured cool, low key vocals with jangly guitars and synth riffs.”

Gaffney injects an emotional weight deep into “Can’t Escape,” such that we ourselves feel her feelings of entrapment and uncertainty. Meanwhile, the song itself has this inimitable uplifting quality to it, such that we (the audience) are never fully drowned in sound – only submerged in a feeling. Such is the musical genius of Lucy Gaffney, a name I cannot wait to hear more from – and hopefully sooner rather than later!

“Can’t Escape” · Lucy Gaffney, under exclusive license to Run On Records Producer: James Skelly
Released on: 2020-04-17

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