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No Words Left was recorded in Brighton, produced by Tim Bidwell and mixed by Cenzo Townsend.

We last heard from Lucy Rose with the release of 2017’s “Something’s Changing”, a record that heralded a new outlook for the musician who was re-evaluating what she wanted to do and how she wanted to do it.

If Something’s Changing was an artist rediscovering their voice, No Words Left is Lucy Rose using that voice to devastatingly frank effect. Lyrically and musically fearless, this record is a beautifully intense, but often unsettling listen. It’s a body of work, a fine modern example of the enduring strength of the album format.

Describing the record and its process, Lucy explains: “Releasing this record feels entirely different to every other record I’ve released. But to try and sum up my emotions is virtually impossible. “I don’t believe this the best album I’ve ever made because I don’t believe in making comparisons when it comes to music. But it’s different.

“In every way I’ve approached writing, recording and now releasing music, it’s been different. I’ve lost all consciousness in caring and it’s been liberating. It is what it is. It’s a feeling, it’s a song, it’s a sound, it’s a part of me which I can’t decipher whether it’s good or bad, but it’s sincere. I recently learnt that the word sincere is derived from the Latin sine = without, cera = wax due to dishonest sculptors in Rome or Greece covering flaws in their work with wax to deceive the viewer. So, a sculpture “without wax” would mean honesty in its perfection.

“That really struck a chord with me as sincerity really is the key to this record. It’s my truth. Sincerity is the truth of a person, not just the good but the bad: the flaws, the realness, which can never be ‘perfect’. This album reflects the reality of my life, the toughness life throws at you, and for a period of time it did become too much for me to handle alone.

“I could try to explain more about each song but in all honesty, I can’t particularly remember writing them, the feeling being too strong and too big for me to comprehend. But songs came out and through writing them and working through my thoughts I saw the truth lying in front of me and a way to move forward.

“I always hope my music would be a comfort to someone, however this record may not be the easiest listen. But it’s in its discomfort I believe a different form of comfort can be found. I’m certain of it. “

Wow, time has really flown and it’s only one week until you will be able to hear ‘No Words Left’ and what’s been in my head this last year. Today I want to share with you another song from the album, which is so important to me.

‘Treat Me Like A Woman’ was written one afternoon in Munich after a combination of events which pushed me to think about the way people interact with me purely based on my gender. I’ve often thought things like, ‘Would that have happened to me if I was a man?’ and a feeling of lack of respect at times purely because I’m a woman.

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In every way I’ve approached writing, recording and now releasing music, it’s been different. I’ve lost all consciousness in caring and it’s been liberating. It is what it is. It’s a feeling, it’s a song, it’s a sound, it’s a part of me which I can’t decipher whether it’s good or bad, but it’s sincere. I recently learnt that the word sincere is derived from the Latin sine = without, cera = wax due to dishonest sculptors in Rome or Greece covering flaws in their work with wax to deceive the viewer. So a sculpture “without wax” would mean honesty in its perfection.
That really struck a chord with me as sincerity really is the key to this record. It’s my truth. Sincerity is the truth of a person, not just the good but the bad: the flaws, the realness, which can never be ‘perfect’. This album reflects the reality of my life, the toughness life throws at you.

Official video for ‘Conversation’ New album ‘No Words Left’ out March 22nd

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For those of you who’ve been with me from the beginning you’ll know that I’ve always loved getting remixes done ever since my first EP of Middle Of The Bed.

I’ve made one more video for you too, to go with JMAC’s remix of Strangest Of Ways. Another spontaneous shoot where I stopped the car after crossing the border into Austria on my European tour and then asked my husband Will Morris to film it for me.
It was quite surreal listening to the remix in this awesome landscape. My dear friend George Cotterhill edited it together for us. This is the final message regarding my remix project.
It was just an idea to start with, where I wanted to get friends and musicians I loved to remix some of my songs, mainly because I was hoping something would come out of it that you would enjoy.

Today the whole remix record comes out and there’s a huge variety and range of music on there for you.

Official video for ‘Strangest of Ways (JM∆C remix)’ taken from ‘Something’s Changing’ (Remixes) out July 6th

Lucy Rose has been around for a little while, but is one of those artists that just keeps getting better & better. She’s sublime, I think as a songwriter , It will be really interesing to watch her further progress in 2018 . Lucy’s third album ‘Something’s Changing’, released a mini-documentary and gone on a tour of cinemas across the country.

As 2018 begins Lucy’s not putting her feet up with a cuppa. Instead, she’s shared a brand new track, ‘End Up Here’, which was recorded during the sessions for ‘Something’s Changing’. It’s a sparse, guitar-led number that puts Lucy’s vocals and words at the forefront.

This is the official video for ‘End Up Here’ by Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose’s splendid return ‘Something’s Changing’ was another record we’ve had listening too on heavy rotation since the summer. After you’ve dug into the stunning record, watch the moving documentary of the same name to learn about the inspiration behind the songs.

Something’s Changing is out now on Communion Records.

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I’ve always loved making music videos and if I could I would make one for every song. I especially wanted to make a video for ‘All That Fear’ and came up with the idea to film a video where the only thing that changed in each shot was the placement of natural light.

My husband Will Morris filmed this in our hotel room in Brisbane using the light coming in from our one window. It was our first night in Australia, I was pretty jetlagged, had no makeup on, unwashed hair and I had nothing to hide. I wanted to show you a side of me that for so long I wouldn’t have shown anyone and a side of me I’ve grown to love. The natural me, the real me.

I think music can show so many different sides of a person and I wanted this video to reflect that. Once we had filmed it we sent the files from Australia to England and my friend George Cotterhill (who filmed my video for ‘Is This Called Home’) edited together the footage for us and here’s the end result.  Lucy Rose

Something’s Changing’, the album, out now

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I’m very proud to present the music video I made recently for ‘Strangest Of Ways’.  says Lucy Rose, I thought long and hard about what sort of video I wanted to make to go with the song and for a long time I couldn’t think of anything. And then I remembered an e-mail that I received back in July 2017 when I was doing my worldwide cinema tour showing my documentary about my trip around Latin America.

The e-mail was from the father of a girl called Zoe who had come to my show. Instead of enjoying the documentary, Zoe had found it a hard watch as it made her think about all the things she wanted to do with her life but felt like she couldn’t because of her illnesses and disability.  The next time I saw Zoe was at my Bristol show in November and I asked her if she would be interested in being in my next music video and hopefully we could make something that would make her feel the complete opposite that she felt watching my Latin American documentary.

I asked her to choose a place she’s always wants to go and we would find the time to do it. Last week we boarded a plane and went on one hell of adventure together,

Official video for ‘Strangest Of Ways’ taken from the album ‘Something’s Changing’, out now –

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Little message from the road (sorry it does go on a bit) –

We are four shows in this UK/Ireland tour and seeing you guys at the shows supporting me is always such an overwhelming emotion. I’ve loved writing and making this new record but to have a crowd then sing it with me, or when someone gets excited when I start playing a song really means a lot. I’m lucky enough to be touring with the band that played on the new record, Chris, Ben, Andrew and James, and I have to tell you, they are awesome! On top of that we have the best support act – Charlie Cunningham, if you haven’t checked his music out yet then you must! He moved to Spain for two and a half years to learn how to play guitar like he does and it’s really something. To finish off the team we have Neil doing a smashing job on sound, Will (my husband) tour managing and even playing tambourine and my cousin Tom doing a grand job on merch. I don’t mention enough the team I have on the road with me, they aren’t just amazing at what they do but they really are the funniest, most caring bunch of people and I feel so lucky to have them on the road with me. I’ve never been happier on the road than I am right now!

This is the official video for ‘End Up Here’ by Lucy Rose

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So today my brand new music video for ‘Second Chance’ is out in the world. I had the idea to make this video with Elinor Barker, the amazing British Olympian cyclist and by some sort of miracle she said yes to the idea. I then found Joe Connor to direct the video, I’m a huge fan of his work and couldn’t quite believe it when he said yes too. So making the video was really special to me. I wanted it to tell the story of the song, which is inspired by my great aunt who was looking at an old photo of herself and said ‘look how lovely I was, it’s funny that I could have never thought that at the time and it’s only when I’m older looking back I can really appreciate myself for who I am.’

This is the official video for ‘Second Chance’ by Lucy Rose, taken from the new album ‘Something’s Changing’.

Lucy Rose announces UK headline tour for November

“Something’s Changing” is released on the 7th July through Communion Records. The album will be accompanied by a stunning short documentary, acting as a fly-on- the-wall account of Lucy’s debut tour of Latin America last year.  The trip, organised independently by Lucy with the help of her Latin American fans, became a huge inspiration for the record and the film is an intimate account of how it all came together.

The Documentary will act as Lucy’s support act for the Worldwide Cinema Tour. With a new partnership with Communion Records and an exciting new band for touring, Lucy Rose is as revitalised as it gets. This year for some dates she’ll tour alongside the documentary, returning to Latin America first and then India, Europe, the US and Asia. Her heart and soul stuffed backpack is going to see a lot more airports. And if “Something’s Changing” does the job it should do, she’ll finally get the recognition she deserves as one of the UK’s best songwriters, and a true believer in the power of music.

Lucy Rose has announced a pretty extensive headline tour that includes the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London. The tour comes in support of her latest album, Something’s Changing, which was released last week via Communion Records.

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This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, ‘Moonshine Freeze’, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, ‘Bashed Out’, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into the studio in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.

Though the album’s songs were already written before heading into the studio, Stables says she had no fierce vision for how they should sound, preferring to let them take shape with the input of her band and Parish. “I’m not yet someone who says ‘I want this album to sound like an 80’s French nightclub’,” she says. “All I can do is write the songs and then step back from them and see what themes or patterns there are, then bring those patterns out so it’s a coherent piece of work, sonically and in terms of feeling.” Sonically, Moonshine Freeze is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless — children’s games, songs, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes. Stables’ voice too is a remarkable thing: in its angles there lies an exquisite strangeness reminiscent of Will Oldham, Magnolia Electric Co, Robert Wyatt, Karen Dalton.

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With Hug of Thunder Broken Social Scene created one of 2017’s most sparkling, multi-faceted albums. The 15 members of Broken Social Scene – including returnees Leslie Feist and Emily Haines – refract their varying emotions, methods and techniques into something that doesn’t just equal their other albums, but surpasses them. It is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. The title track on its own might just be the best thing you will hear all year – a song that will become as beloved as “Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” from their breakthrough album, You Forgot It In People.

Its title captured what the band wanted people to feel about the group’s comeback, and how they sound playing together again: “It’s just such a wonderful sentiment about us, coming in like a hug of thunder.”

“Hug Of Thunder” is a panoramic, expansive album, that manages to be both epic and intimate. In troubled times it offers a serotonin rush of positivity: “Stay Happy” lives up to its title, with huge surges of brass that sound like sunshine bursting through clouds. “Gonna Get Better” makes a promise that the album is determined to deliver. That’s not to say it’s an escapist record: Broken Social Scene are completely engaged, wholly focussed, and not ignoring the darkness that lurks outside. But there is no hectoring, no lecturing, but a recognition of the confusion and ambiguity of the world. As the title track closes with Leslie Feist murmuring “There was a military base across the street,” the listener is caught in the division between the notional security provided by national defence, and the menace of the same thing. Its The band’s first studio album in 7 years.

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“Something’s Changing” in Lucy Rose. After two albums of feeling her way through the densely-populated landscape of contemporary singer-songwriter music she has picked a point in her career when most people are recycling their hits to bin the satnav, head off the map and commit to a graphically authentic version of her musical self. Now signed to Communion Records, this album is informed by her recent self funded forays into Latin America to headline shows booked by her own fans.

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Third album from Public Service Broadcasting, the brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, and their bass player, keys and horns man extraordinaire, JF Abraham, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.
Released 7th July, on Every Valley Willgoose takes us on a journey down the mineshafts of South Wales valleys. Yet the record is a metaphor for a much larger, global and social malaise, using the history of coal mining to shine a light on the disenfranchised.
The album features guest vocals from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut, the award winning Welsh singer Lisa Jên Brown, and Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on lead single ‘Progress’.

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“As Light Return” – The Telescopes are back with their ninth album. Evolving oscillations of guitar feedback screech and howl through thick layers of distortion. Overtones shift and drift and combine on a carpet of white noise. In the eye of the storm, the voice of Stephen Lawrie remains calm, almost detached. He intones a low, trance-like chant. The vocal is buried deep in the mix, the lyrics just barely discernible.

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Atlanta’s valiant punks Black Lips release their first album in three years, Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?, on Vice Records. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n roll.