By Stevie Connor.
Lucy Kitchen announces new Live EP: "The Stabal Sessions" marking a poignant musical journey through grief.
Lucy Kitchen, known for her haunting folk sound, unveils a deeply personal and evocative musical journey with this intimate collection of live recordings. A sonic tapestry of melancholic melodies, captivating vocals and personal storytelling, this recording marks her first musical project since the loss of her husband to cancer last year.
Recorded live at Stabal Music in May 2023 (funded by a grant from the Ivors Academy) the EP serves as an exploration of Lucy’s journey through loss, capturing the vulnerability of her live performances.
Featuring 4 tracks, 1 from her previous album “Sun to My Moon” and 3 new songs, each song on the EP reflects the emotional depth and introspective lyricism that Lucy Kitchen has become known for. From the opening track “Blue Light” which has elements of Americana with slide guitar and haunting vocal harmonies to the heartbreaking “Chemo Song - Sleeping Song”, the EP is a testament to her strength and commitment to sharing her journey with others and using music as a tool to deal with personal heartache and grief.
Collaborating with musicians Kitty O’Neill (March music - backing vocals), Morgan Rickman (Lead guitar) and Frazer Pearce (Double bass and bass guitar) and the producers from Stabal Music, Lucy Kitchen has carefully crafted arrangements that are a unique blend of traditional folk elements and contemporary influences, showcasing her ability to craft a sound that is both timeless and fresh.
Lucy Kitchen says “Music has always been a channel for my emotions and experiences and my writing has always been deeply personal. The session at Stabal Music was the first major creative project I did after my husband died and it really pushed me back to myself when I was feeling lost. I’m so pleased with how it turned out and I hope that it connects with others who have experienced loss."
"The Stabal Sessions," is set to be released on 15th December. The EP will be available on all major streaming platforms with physical copies and downloads available from Lucy’s Bandcamp page.
Hampshire based Lucy Kitchen is everything that the usual modern approach is not. Her songs are deft and delicate, built on clean-limbed and gentle lines and embellished with only the absolutely essential sonic details. Beats are minimal, textures subtly woven and the music feels nothing more than gossamer and smoke-like layers skilfully interlaced to maintain a musical weightlessness.
In the search for touchstones she is often compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Beth Orton and, vocally, to Sandy Denny.
With two previous albums released on her label “Bohemia Rose Records”, and recent releases on RE:WARM Records on the Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours Vol. 2 album with her song “Olivia” (“Utterly beguiling” Clash Magazine) and the newly released “Milk & Honey” on Sounds of Southampton Vol. 3 this is her first longer release since her album “Sun to My Moon” was released in 2017.
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