LUCIUS – ” Second Nature “

Posted: April 3, 2022 in MUSIC

“The end of 2019 was dangling off the coattails of private jets, arena tours, champagne, blonde bobs and a crumbling marriage. Normally front women, we found ourselves taking a break from the band to be part of someone else’s machine, to gain some perspective and inspiration; We toured the world with Roger Waters’ for 3 years, and our vocals were sought out by artists ranging from Harry Styles, John Legend, and Ozzy Osbourne to War on Drugs and Brandi Carlile (who would become a huge part of our lives, onstage and off). Coming home from these experiences was never going to be easy, but a lockdown during a pandemic at the precipice of divorce gave new meaning to facing the music. “Second Nature” is a journey through the stages of grief, and the moments of joy that push their way through.

It’s a record that begs you not to sit in the difficult moments, but to dance through them. Produced by Dave Cobb and Brandi Carlile, the album was recorded in Nashville at RCA’s Studio A, the same room songs like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” were brought to life. The grounds for a dramatic, vulnerable record making experience were there, but there was also an acceptance and peace in the band, who would be coming together for the first time in over a year, to create something positive.

Second Nature” is a portrait of singer and songwriters Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe’s shared reflection, chronicling each other’s seismic life shifts—motherhood, divorce, unplanned career pauses—and setting it to music.

“It is a record that begs you not to sit in the difficult moments, but to dance through them,” says Wolfe. “It touches upon all these stages of grief—and some of that is breakthrough, by the way. Being able to have the full spectrum of the experience that we have had, or that I’ve had in my divorce, or that we had in lockdown, having our careers come to a halt, so to speak. I think you can really hear and feel the spectrum of emotion and hopefully find the joy in the darkness. It does exist. That’s why we made “Second Nature” and why we wanted it to sound the way it did: our focus was on dancing our way through the darkness.”

Cobb knew just how to steer a ship with a lot of creative cooks, and Brandi was the vocal producer we had always dreamed of. One who could be trusted when she said “you got the take”, and one who understood vocal dynamics and when to push further. The room, the circumstances, and the energy of everyone involved brought magic. Dressed in long golden hair, sparkling platform heels, irresistible basslines and a little bit of heartbreak, it’s Lucius, back in the spotlight.” – Lucius

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