Spindle Magazine Issue 5

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Issue 5 // 2012

"“ If I’m

even in today’s music scene I’d be

chuffed. ”

t feature a lot of female artists. It’s safe to

here’s no denying that we here at Spindle

we like a woman who can get down with a guitar or on synth, or who generally has a good set of lungs on her. We also like people who send us jam. Rarely these two fancies of ours converge; not many of these talented women folk send us jam. And that’s ok. We don’t expect them to. But Lucy Rose did. It’s ginger and rhubarb; she made it. So ta, Lucy. Husky voiced ingénue Lucy Rose has been mentioned in the same breath as everyone from Florence Welch to Laura Marling. Jack Steadman too, but for different reasons. The singer songwriter was first thrust into our attention when Bombay Bicycle Club chose her to provide the female vocals on their new album and join them on tour. “They’re all really nice boys and very supportive of my own music.” Ever since she’s been working the London circuit and hitting a few of the major festivals, busily establishing herself on her own terms

for her indie folk music that hints at many different influences yet refuses to conform to one specific sound; it’s all kinds of kooky and mysterious in ways that even she doesn’t quite understand. “It’s definitely still very acoustic based, but with additions. I find it really hard to describe my own music, or understand what it is.” Accompanying it are the devastatingly candid and expressive lyrics through which Rose airs all, refusing to shy away from even the most personal subjects. “I like to be honest and truthful with lyrics. I find it almost impossible to write anything unless I’ve experienced it. But of course there are some things I wouldn’t explore, but not because of people hearing my thoughts, but more because I won’t want to explore those subjects myself.” With her first releases solidify her unfailingly loyal and ever burgeoning fan base, of which Edith Bowman, John Kennedy and Mumford and Sons are just a few, we’re only just getting a taste of what’s to come. So what is exactly in store for the singer songwriter? “I don’t like to plan too far in advanced.” This girl will steal your heart

words

Amy Lavelle

Illustration

Nadia Taylor

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