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Recalling the sublime fingerpicked purity of folk singers-past such as Bridget St John and Linda Perhacs, estimable Melbourne folk artist Lucy Roleff releases her debut album This Paradise via Lost And Lonesome on July 15, 2016.
The follow-up to Longbows — Lucy’s acclaimed EP of 2013 — was recorded with Tony Dupé (Holly Throsby, Grand Salvo) at his home studio in a hundred year-old church in South Gippsland; Tony and his partner Claire Deak adding some subtle strings, bowed glockenspiel, pump organ and cymbal washes to Lucy’s deft nylon string, harp and woodwind compositions.
First single 'Aspen' has been gathering praise from reliable sources — Happy called the track “an icy, crystallised piece of chamber folk; delicate and piercing as a stalactite”, while Scottish blog 17 Seconds suggested “comparisons could be drawn with the likes of Joanna Newsom, Nick Drake and Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins”, adding “this is one of the best things I have heard this year”.
‘Every Time’ the album’s second single (composed on a 20 euro tobacco-stained junk store acoustic guitar that Lucy acquired while residing in Berlin in a few years back), is a meditation on moments of quiet domestic solitude and moments of turmoil brought by a vagabond lover who comes and goes, stirring everything in their wake.
1) Aspen 2 Haus 3) Hotel Interstate 4) This Paradise 5) I Held Back The Hair 6) Chasing The Dog 7) Every Time 8) How Will I Get That High? 9) Two Children 10) Jessica