We here at Baeble Music are fortunate to have tons of wonderful and talented artists join us at our studio, and recently, we were blessed when the lovely Lucy Rose graced us with her presence.
The English singer-songwriter has been a stellar presence in the indie-folk scene since the release of her debut album Like I Used To back in 2012. In the time since, she's not only left her mark on the music world, but has gathered a wealth of experiences in the process. While sitting down with us, she discussed a bit of what life is like on the road, and what it's like to play in front of fans half a world away from where she grew up. Most poignantly, she relates the experience of when a fan from Thailand told her with tears in her eyes that her music saved her life. In a world that seems to grow ever polarized and dangerous according to the news, Rose shares her belief that it is more important than to ever to bridge those gaps, and how privileged she is to use music to do just that.
Rose also gave us a bit of insight into her writing process, and what her music means to her. As Rose puts it, and we happen to agree with her, her music speaks to very shared human experiences and emotions, which allows audiences from all over to share in a mutual experience while listening to her. In picking her brains, we also got to learn a bit about the dynamic between her and her husband-cum-tour manager, and how "Love Song", which you'll get to hear, is "100 percent the most positive song" Rose has written.
Speaking of tracks like "Love Song", Rose gave an intimate performance in studio, with tracks including "Second Chance", "Moirai", "Is This Called Home" and "Love Song". Accompanied by a medley of instruments, Rose showcases her talent for both the sublime and the powerful, with a style that resonates with fans of old folk influences and modern singer-songwriters.
Oh, and it was real and new and true love It does feel like on the news a lot. The world is painted in a certain light. And the amount of traveling that we've done and the amount of people we've met, it's just doesn't…it's not true, I don't think, to the beauty of the world and the people in the world. Hi, I'm Lucy Rose. I'm from London. I looked at the camera and I said Lucy Rose, that's a bit creepy. - Yeah? - It'll be good. - Yeah. Oh, my friend You have carried me But you have left me again In my time of need When everyone is moving but me And heaven knows this is real So lift me up, raise my head high And take my photograph And keep it 'til I'm old enough to know That I was lovely, and I was truthful If only I could have seen it, If only I could have believed it Oh, this could be my second chance This could be my second chance Morning came and it left me with a bitter taste Of a mould I don't fit But with many others we commit Heaven knows this is real So lift me up, raise my head high and take my photograph And keep it 'til I'm old enough to know That I was lovely, and I was truthful If only I could have seen it, if only I could have believed it Oh, this could be my second chance And I'm feeling like this is the first day Of a brand-new life in which I'm thirsty for An honest life Where I could love myself For who I am, who I am So lift me up, raise my head high and take my photograph And keep it 'til I'm old enough to know That I was lovely, and I was truthful If only I could have seen it, if only I could have believed it Oh, this could be my second chance - I don't know why more musicians don't just, you know, travel to more places because I guess the appreciation is on a definitely different level. When I live in London I think, you know, if there's a band who's put a great record out, I feel pretty sure that they're going to come to London and I'm going to be able to see them play live, but in other places, it's not the case. And I think as well, you know, when we were touring India, as well, it's not like people can just get on a plane either and afford to do that, and go see their favorite bands, so live music just becomes nothing…you know, no part of their existence, being able to go to concerts. It's just a very addictive thing. The more I've done in different places, the more I feel like I need to do more. It gives a real power to the songs that they don't have within my bedroom, or wherever I've written them. And keep it 'til I'm old… When I came off stage in Bangkok, the first person, when I literally went down the stairs, this girl just, like, gave me this huge hug and was really, like, crying floods of tears being like, "I was going to commit suicide and then your music saved me. " And it is really heavy and it makes people feel a bit…you know, like if I tell the story, people won't be feeling uncomfortable, but at the same time, it was like…it felt so important to go and just, like, be able to give her a hug and chat to her because, yeah, sometimes it must feel like no one cares. Won't you come and meet me? So many years have passed us by But I think about you all the time and I wonder why And how you've been? Won't you come and meet me at the cafe we always went to? The one with the red chairs and the front door painted blue We'll talk about it all and I know it won't be easy But Moirai, you let me down, you let me down You let my love walk away without a fight Our house is cold and the sheets so clean and I'm figuring out But Moirai, you let me down, you let me down Won't you come and meet me? I need to hear your voice so crystal clear And I'll take the blame, now change your mind Come home with me What we'll be, we'll be Won't you come and meet me? 'Cause this could be our last reminder Of how beautiful we were, in perfect symmetry Bringing out the best in me I know it's never easy But Moirai, you let me down, you let me down You let my love walk away without a fight The house is cold and the sheets so clean and I'm figuring out But Moirai, you let me down, you let me down And I won't settle for the theory you're not made for me This fate and fortune misery Let's go against the grain Let them think we're both insane We'll write our own history But first, you've gotta come and meet me But Moirai, you let me down, you let me down You let my love walk away without a fight The house is cold and the sheets so clean and I'm figuring out But, Moirai, you let me down, you let me down Moirai, you let me down, you let me down I think...I don't even think it's just my songs that make people open up. I think, like, most music makes people have a memory of whatever sort of genre it is, whether it reminds you of, like, a trip you took or where you were at that time when you were listening to it. I think there's something within my songs which seems to be comforting in times of, hard times, I think, in times of need where someone's feeling lost and is going through something. I think there's a few of my songs which I think help with those times, and I think if people have listened to them and connected to them when it comes to meeting me, it feels like they know me already, which is really, really quite lovely. So it means that the connection becomes quite deep quickly. Oh, and it was real and new and true love Next one is "Love Song," and I think this is the most joyful song, 100% positive song, I've ever written. I've never written just an undying love song. My husband's always on tour with me all the time, and he's always watching all my shows, and I thought, "I want to write one that he knows is about him so he can have one," and that's where that came from. I found love In the nearest of places I knew that I would not let you go It was summer And the rain was at bay You came like the storm that washed me away And if only love was this easy I'd write a book about every time you kissed me It was true, true, true love I found peace In a world so cruel And you made me believe in something anew You're my beginning, you're my life till the end I'd never let you walk on by And if only love was this easy I'd write a book about every time you kissed me It was true, true, true love Oh, and it was real and new and true love 'Cause you made me believe in the world again And oh, it was true, true, true love And oh, and it was real and new and true love - One, two, three, four. And oh, when you look at me It makes me feel so strong It makes me remember what it was like to be young And oh, when you look at me It makes me feel so strong It makes me remember Remember that I am the one I think Fernando says that music is just more... - Oh yeah. - He says...this is the guy I stayed with in Paraguay, "Music is more than just music. " He said music is God. He says, like, I remember him saying in the living room, "You could take my sight, but if you took my ears then I wouldn't be here. " And I think that very much sums up how lots of people feel about music and the importance of music, which is often forgotten. It's such a profit-driven business and there's so many different aspects of it. You forget, sometimes forget that music is more than just music, and it sometimes can be the only thing that can help you and the only thing that makes you feel like somebody understands, and also the thing that makes you feel better, so. When you're runnin' out You hear them comin' like an army loud No time for packing when you're runnin' out You fall to the ground But you're holdin' on Is this called home? Land turns to dust This can't be home Where are you now For me Now my head is sore And no one's around To help me feel you Am I the monster? Did I deserve all of those words? 'Cause I still believed Is this called home? A land turns to dust This can't be home Where are you now For me Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand Let me hold your hand If only I could have believed it Oh, this could be my second chance
Each song is a confessional of her most tightly clasped secrets The Fly
A voice that could melt the stoniest of hearts Q Magazine
One of the countrys most promising new voices Sunday Times (Culture)
Kicking up a storm in her own right NME
The song writing candour evident has seen Lucy Rose tipped for solo success Daily Mirror
Lucy Rose is absolutely outstanding! Edith Bowman, Radio 1
Absolutely beautiful Fearne Cotton, Radio 1
I was only a matter of time before the second wave of British nu-folk pioneers made it to the U.S, and Lucy Rose, is sure to be among its first breakout stars Vogue.com
Just four singles in, and with her star firmly in the ascendant, Warwickshire songstress Lucy Rose is making her own destiny and shaping her future like no other new artist. A mixture of true grit, sheer dedication and an unshakeable sense of self has all led Lucy to the kind of status that most new artists dream of but can only achieve through record company support. Until her recent signing to Columbia Records, Lucy Rose had none of this, but her heart-stoppingly poignant songs and cracked porcelain voice saw her enter 2012 with YouTube hits, radio plays and crowds like nobody else out there. Such is her fan-base, she now sells out 500-capacity venues with ease. Her first in-store at Rough Trade East in November was so over-subscribed that fifty latecomers were stuck outside. And at the tender age of 23, Lucy is being tipped by the great and the good as the one New British Artist who may stick around longer than any of the other fly-by-night contenders.
Along with press accolades, including Lucys first ever front cover in January 2012 for The Fly and new band features at Sunday Times (Culture), NME, Daily Mirror, Music Week, etc, etc. Lucy Rose has been clocking up the airplay counts too. After support across both specialist shows and Fearne Cotton for singles Middle of the Bed and Scar at Radio 1, third single Red Face scored the coveted In New Music We Trust playlist there, while she was still unsigned. Shes playlisted twice at 6 Music, with a C list for Scar and B list for Red Face, securing back to back Record of The Weeks with Shaun Keavenys Breakfast show, as well as playlists for all three singles at Xfm. Lines saw a 6 Music A list and Radio 1 B List.
Lucys journey began, when she hopped on a train to London leaving behind the house in which she grew up in rural Warwickshire and struck out for the big city and the big time. Armed with an acoustic guitar and an unstoppable dedication, Lucy played every open-mic night imaginable, she met people on the way who are still with her now and with their support and her graft she learned the ropes. As her songs and sentiments spread their warmth through the iciest of hearts, Lucy became that most modern of phenomenon; she went 'viral. Her biggest videos have clocked up over 800,000 views and on average, her sessions and videos are receiving 250,000 views each.
In moving forward, Lucy decided to return home to record her debut album. Setting up in the basement where she once taught herself guitar, Lucy, the producer Charlie Hugall, recording team and band folded down their beds and micing up the mixing desk. Scheduled for 24th September 2012 and with a nationwide headline tour already underway, be prepared for a confessional long player of disarming intimacy and candid truth. To quote the Daily Star: So simple she makes Adele look try-hard.