With a debut album (Like I Used To) released and a headline tour of the UK and Europe completed, Lucy Rose has most certainly finished off 2012 on a high note. Coming from the same loosely defined London indie/folk scene as bands like Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, and Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy's unpretentious, straight from the heart folk music is the perfect counterpoint to the maximalism that is so rife across the airwaves.
Whilst the first songs we heard from Lucy were purely acoustic, placing her angelic voice and personal lyrics very much front and center, she has proved on her debut album that she is just as comfortable over a bed of swooning strings as she is armed with just her trusty acoustic guitar. The combination of Lucy's delicate voice, and personal, observational lyrics make many of her songs feel like a peek into someones personal diary, and there is a cohesiveness to Like I Used To that certainly encourages the album to be enjoyed in one sitting.
Anyone with a passing interest in folk or the gentler side of indie should take the time to enjoy Lucy Rose's tender tales of love, heartbreak and happiness. Click through for essential listening and an interview with Lucy.
Lucy Rose's debut album, Like I Used To, is out now. Buy it here.Click to start the list