Lucy Rose – Lines (single) (Columbia Records UK)

One can assume that after contributing vocals on two ‘Bombay Bicycle Club’ albums, releasing two EP’s of her own (“Scar” and “Middle of the Bed” – both released in 2011), a single earlier this year (“Red Face”) and inking a deal with Columbia Records UK only months ago, 23 year old English singer/songwriter Lucy Rose is destined for big things.

With an acoustic guitar, stand-up bass, and a sweet, breathy vocal melody, ‘Lines’ begins with what initially sounds like an upbeat folk song. Things quickly take an unexpected turn in the chorus where the song drops into a half-time beat and a layer of warm, atmospheric pads is introduced. Combined with Lucy’s angelic doubled-tracked vocal, ‘Lines’ morphs into an interesting cross between ‘Beach House’ and ‘Suzanne Vega’.

The bridge section is particularly atmospheric with a ‘Florence and The Machine’ quality while the Bossa Nova-like drum beat in the second verse adds another interesting quirk to the song.

‘Lines’ is a gorgeous pop song with delicate hooks. While Lucy’s voice isn’t particularly distinctive per se, interesting arrangements and subtle production techniques give an edge to her material and if ‘Lines’ is anything to go by, her debut album, ‘Like I Used To’ (set for release in September), should be very promising.

‘Lines’ is available on July 22 – watch the video below.

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