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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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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.