In the magazine Vogue they said of Lucy Rose that she was going to be one of the most successful stars of the indie His songs have played in advertisements, in the closing of a chapter of the series Girls; also in a Japanese anime. In Something's changing, The main argument is the fear that we have to feel alone, what generates the music and its impulses. His melancholy look is the mirror of the soul.
– As you see, I have the disk in my hands. I can not resist the temptation to ask you about the cover photo. I love!
Oh thanks. That picture was made in New Orleans, I came to walk, to take a long walk. And I sat down to rest, to think a little. They did it to me of sudden, I liked it. For the moment, for the image in question, for what it explores.
– In part, it reflects the feeling of the disc, with the look in front, the hand in your mouth in reflective pose.
True. That's right, I see that you have understood the message … I like the frame, the possibility of seeing it on the cover and also on the back cover, it gives you two different but complementary visions of the same photograph. It has a mysterious air, you do not know what I'm thinking about.
– It is a sad look. Is that a natural state?
I would not say that natural, but I'm often sad. I think that should not have a negative connotation, it is a state of mind as positive or as negative as that of joy, that of euphoria. It's okay to be sad, if this is not taken to the extreme. But the same thing happens with joy, if it is excessive it does not fit me anymore.
– I imagine that being on tour, being alone at many times of the day, in hotel rooms, should not be easy.
That's what I have worst, all hotel rooms are the same and, the feeling of loneliness too. When my husband accompanies me, he is different, I am more wrapped up. Now she is on tour and today, for example, I am alone. When I arrive at the hotel I will have the same feeling as always. They do not stop being four anonymous walls, without a soul.
– I do not envy the life of a musician, even though you visit many cities and know people. In the end you are in places that you do not get to know thoroughly. I imagine that the reward is another.
It is not easy, I am very influenced by the atmosphere of the place I visit, that makes me feel more or less comfortable, more or less satisfied, more or less safe. The reward comes to you when you least expect it. I was recently in Australia, and the truth is, I did not have a good day, I needed to get out of there and get to my house, transport myself. Then, I finished the concert and they came to greet me some people who had made five hundred kilometers by car with the intention of listening to my songs. When something like this happens to you, you appreciate more what you are doing, suddenly everything makes more sense. It is a shot of self-esteem.
–Why did you plan a tour like the one you did for South America? Organized by the fans, sleeping in their houses …
Honestly, it was a challenge that I did not contemplate previously. Many people contacted me and proposed that I visit them. There came a time when I had so many messages that I could not say no, I had to launch into the adventure. And I would tell you more, I was not aware of how much I needed it. In short, it was what was going to inspire my album, the songs were going to come out of that trip, I had an important message.
– As it happens in Europe, all countries are different from each other. How did you experience it? What surprised you most?
With naturalness, learning from day to day, and in this case in express mode, was an accelerated course. I started in Brazil, and my mother, it's such a big country … Every city, every region is a world. You do not finish it in seven lives.
– And the documentary, how did it come about? Before or after?
Neither before nor later, on the fly. In a way, it is one of those things that are linked to what you are doing, to the experience you are experiencing.
– You recorded the album in Brighton, a city that fascinates me; the air that is breathed, the peace that it transmits.
Exactly. It is a special city. It also gives me peace of mind, it's a good place to record. You work during the day and then it allows you to go out and take some pints to disconnect. There are many university students, so the city is not dead, it always has life. And when they leave, it is full of visitors, but without much stress.
– And it has many record stores, it's amazing.
Many and very good, is another plus.
– Do you still buy discs? What do you think of this resurgence of vinyl?
Yes, I'm a record consumer, I like it. As for the vinyl, I buy them when I've heard them before, and if I like them a lot then I want to have them, because the object itself is beautiful. But I spike them, huh? There are people who buy them because they are fashionable, to show off, but in reality they do not remove the seal.
– They collaborate The Staves in full, a band of girls that is in your same wave. I guess you connected well.
It was fantastic, we did not need to talk much, we have a similar language. His albums are fantastic, I think I have one on vinyl! (laughs)
– The song surprised me No Good At All. It has another dynamic, it is less minimalist and instrumentally very rich. Do you plan to go in that direction?
That goes, that song is an exception, it is very happy, it does not hit me much. I prefer to continue in this line.
– What do you think about this new feminist wave? How do you feel as a woman in this industry?
Many times I feel displaced. There are a million examples, an infinity of details. For example, when I ask for a glass of wine before playing, there are still people who miss me.
– Seriously? By the way, since we are, what wines do you like?
I do not have a favorite, I like different denominations. I enjoy a lot when I go to Bordeaux, it is a fantastic place to enjoy wine. In fact, soon I will be playing in the area and I will take advantage to buy a few boxes. But hey, I also like beer.
– It is also fashionable, especially artisanal, there is a lot of offer.
In that sense I am more classical, I do not like crafts, I prefer lager lifelong. And the bigger the better, to drink it fast, sometimes I'm a bit anxious (laughs).
– And going back to the topic we were talking about, any situation that you remember that bothered you?
The problem is, I find it almost daily. The other day at the airport was with my musicians, and who did the billing tells them, "you sound like something, are you famous?". And I was next, that I am the visible face of the project, and he did not even look at me. I was about to say, "Hi, I'm Lucy Rose, put it in my documentation." Or when you get to a room, they never go to you, they do not trust you, they look for a male figure.
– It happens to me. Normally, I do not drink coffee and if the person next to me asks and is a girl, they also give it to me.
It is incomprehensible, imagine when I ask for a big beer, with this girlish face that I have.
– By the way, you opened for Elton John, right?
Not for Elton John, but for Neil Young, yes. He is my hero!
– Did you meet him?
No, I prefer not to know my heroes, they are untouchable.
–I sometimes, because of my work, I have no choice but to some I prefer that I do not, I am afraid that later they will disappoint me. Neil Young is the artist I have traveled the most, once we made 3000 kilometers in two days to see him with Crazy Horse. We cross the country from end to end. It is unbeatable.
I adore it, with it any effort is justified. I have also done some crazy things.
– And finally, what do you think about social networks? Do you make much use of them?
Not much, it seems to me something very impersonal, I prefer the treatment of you to you.
Toni Castarnado is a music critic and author of the book They sing, They speak (Silex, 2019), which has just been published and in which this interview is included.