Melbourne singer-songwriter Lucy Elle has shared her brand-new single Silence, a raw and personal track that delves into the complexities of relationships as her breathy, yet powerful vocals pour over a piano. Recorded, produced, and mixed by Jono Steer (Ainslie Wills, Gretta Ray, Gordi and Angie McMahon), Silence is the follow-up to previous release Shadows and another taste of what to expect from her debut EP out early 2022.
Drawing on experiences from her early twenties of heartbreak, broken relationships and disconnect, Lucy delivers raw and honest storytelling through her song writing, confronting the silent chasms that can open between souls. Lucy sheds more light on her new single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?
It took me a long time to build up the courage to release Shadows. So many of my friends and family have never heard this side of me, the pop-song, sad-girl, moody love songs. It’s a little scary to share, and it’s always vulnerable sending your songs out into the world. Especially when the songs come from a deep place in you. But it has been such an adventure and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
The process of recording and releasing Shadows and my upcoming EP will always be the most special part to me. Planning and creating these songs was such a light in the middle 2020, planning producing demos in lockdown. Then finally getting to Castlemaine to record felt like a dream. For a long time these songs have just been sitting on the recording app in my phone, and it feels a little unreal that they are finally out in the world, playing in other people’s cars, getting stuck in other people’s heads.
Was the process of making Silence as challenging as you thought?
The making of this EP was too fun! I had the most wonderful wonderful team and have met some absolute gems along the way. It was also so much more gruelling and lengthy that I thought it would be! The admin for music really sneaks up on you and as a musician I would much rather be sitting in my bedroom writing songs.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
I like to think my sound is essentially folk-alternative pop. I grew up listening to folk songs, and have always loved the way pop songs connect people you’d least expect. I love the structure of pop songs, but as a music lover I love experimenting and exploring a variety of sounds, which is where I think the alternative comes in. These songs were also written as a process, so the dark, sad-girl sound is definitely there too.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Madison Cunningham. Her vocal tone and experimental sound inspires me so much. Our sounds are in so many ways so so different, but her song writing will always be one of my biggest inspirations.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Love the challenge. See it as an adventure and embrace it. 5.
When did you discover your passion for music?
I was sitting in the backseat of my mum’s Chrysler and my brother played a Brooke Fraser song. It gripped me and I fell in love with song writing.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
I miss playing live! And I cannot wait to get out there and tour and play as many shows as humanly possible.
What’s next for Lucy Elle?
I’m always working on new music, so I have many many songs in the making that I already cannot wait to share with the world!
Interview By Rob Lyon