Indie singer-songwriter Lucy Rose performs at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth on Saturday 14th November. This tour showcases her new album, Work It Out, to the masses for the first time. After a tiny pre-album release show in June for only a handful of fans, the chance for everyone to witness live Lucy again in all her glory is exciting. She has to be one of the most endearing people to watch perform: Lucy may be short in stature but fierce and passionate in all performances, really throwing herself into the songs.
This second album holds a deeper, more intense sound behind Lucy’s delicate vocals thanks to an increasingly electric accompaniment, especially heard in ‘Cover Up’. The subtle power of her voice permeates through all the songs regardless and when sung live they really strike a chord with the audience. So completely humble at every gig, Lucy is no stranger to opening up to the audience about the roots of a song, usually asking that we bear with as she braves a particularly touching ballad. From this album, ‘My Life’ fills those shoes – a song so simple, stripped back and entirely from the heart. Rae Morris, a fellow Bombay Bicycle Club guest singer, also lends her soaring vocals to the track.
The support slots for this part of the tour are filled by Flyte and Chris Duncan. Flyte, a four man band from London, opened the Work It Out preview show at the Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch this summer. Their alternative pop sound is instantly likeable – upbeat and dance inducing with a retro splash from the past, resulting in shoulder shakes and hip wiggles that can’t be controlled. Keep an eye out for these in the future: they’re included on Communion Music’s New Faces tour and are definitely destined for big things. Chris Duncan is also headed for greatness, having just been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. The Glaswegian, who is classically trained in composition, will open for Lucy Rose with mellow yet bright songs all recorded in his bedroom for his debut EP.
Tickets to see Lucy Rose are still available here.