Music Recommendation of the Week: Lucy Rose

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Lucy Rose is an English, indie folk singer-songwriter who released her first album in September 2012. I came across her music when searching for new artists through YouTube. I was captivated (with a hint of jealousy) by her crystal clear voice and mostly acoustic songs. 

British artists differ immensely from American artists. I find that they have more intimate lyrics and attempt to showcase their voices, rather than be overshadowed by the instrumental background. As much as I can appreciate the technicality in Adele’s big voice, I was never a fan of that sort of style. I find better appreciation in soft, unique voices such as that of Lucy Rose. Her enunciation and style in singing is definitely inspiring and something I strive to achieve. If she were a male artist, she would be comparable to Dallas Green!

It’s a pity that I’ve not seen her live yet, although I’m positive that I would be on the look out for her next tour schedule. 


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Shiver: And I loved the way you looked at me
And I miss the way you made me feel
When we were alone
When we were alone

2) Be Alright: It’s taken me a while to tell you
Exactly how I feel inside
The words, they seem so simple right now
But they took a while to find

3) Night Bus: She takes the night bus home
She’s not faced by the darkness in her soul

4) Gamble: And you said to me
Can’t we work it out?
Won’t you talk to me?
What’s this all about?

5) First: You’ve got that way of making me feel
Oh so scared and safe at once
I didn’t know that this was real

Website: http://www.lucyrosemusic.com/

Come back for next week’s recommendation! Sorry I missed last week’s. I was very busy.

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Music Recommendation of the Week: Hey Rosetta!

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Hey Rosetta! is a six-member indie rock band from St. Johns Newfoundland and Labrador, led by Tim Baker. I first heard Hey Rosetta! when searching for new music in the internet. What captivated my attention was the unique transitions and eventual blending of various instruments: from electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, drums, cello, the violin and to the unexpected tinkling of the xylophone.

Tim Baker, who is (ehmm) such a beau, is the lead singer. His voice is charmingly masculine with an incredible range and dynamics, switching effortlessly from low to high notes. But on certain songs where some of the members harmonize or play backing vocals, it becomes pure eargasm.

Their songs are mostly danceable but ironically, contrasts with the usual melancholy and poetically inclined lyrics. Thus, it’s no surprise that I’m such a fan.

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Hey Rosetta! at Calgary Folk Fest 2014

Just last week, I was able to see them for the first time at Calgary Folk Festival. I was in awe, jaw dropped (figuratively) at their incredible, lively stage presence. The balance of sounds resonating from their instruments, perfect in volume from each, was music to my ears (well duh…). On occasion, Tim encouraged the crowd to sing along and guess who poured their heart out? Who cared about the embarrassment I must’ve received from doing so? The sing along was well worth the confused looks, especially when they played my favourite, Bandages! I cannot wait to see them again!


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Carry Me Home: “But I’d give my food and drink
To see my home again
To see my mother’s hand
Against her apron edge.”

2) Yer Spring: “Am I rising up?”

3) Young Glass: “Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I was wrong
Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I am not.”

4) Red Heart: “Were you born a closed book,
full of secret lines? (and bound so tight)
or did you learn to lock it,
as not to break your spine? (oh! you were bound so tight)
Cause you shut up
and you’re all shut inside.”

5) A Thousand Suns: “These are twisted times when trust and truth collide
When a stranger’s love could make your heart explode
I want to give it all back!”

6) Bandages: “That half of the bed
Empty like a page
All the cursive claims you’ve yet to make.”

Website: http://www.heyrosetta.com/

Come back for next week’s recommendation!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!