Lucy Rose embarked on the making of third album Something’s Changing (Arts & Crafts, 2017) following her tour for her second, critically acclaimed album Work It Out. Over time, she noticed a steady stream of tweets reaching her from Latin America, and the unlikely statistic that geographically her music was most popular on Spotify in Mexico City. It gave birth to the seed of an idea that became a real labor of love over the next six months. Lucy offered her fans in Latin America a deal: “If you book me a gig, I’ll come and stay.”
For two months Lucy, with her guitar, a camera and her backpack, toured Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico, playing free shows, staying with fans and “falling back in love with making music.” The documentary of her experience there was inspired by “the kindness and faith in music of those she met includes fans blocking the street outside a gig above a launderette, trying to sleep on endless inter-city bus rides and living with families in out-of-the-way towns;” Rose's husband Will Morris filmed as much as the experience as possible along the way.
Rose says “The documentary is a big part of this record. I think it explains why that trip was important and why it lead to me making the album that I’ve made. The trip gave me confidence to do things like record in just one take and the songs came more easily.”
With the insight gained during her travels, Lucy set out to make the third album on her own. Through friends she began a collaboration with Brighton producer Tim Bidwell, and in his home studio found the ideal place to explore songs for a new album. Every week Lucy would take the train to Brighton and created the new album in a mere 17 days. The record also contains contributions from Bidwell, in-house bassist Ben Daniels and drummer Chris Boot as well as guest appearances by Daughters’ Elena Tonra, Marcus Hamblett and Matthew and The Atlas’ Emma Gatrill. On two tracks vocal harmonies are provided by The Staves (“Floral Dresses” and “Is This Called Home”).
“The songs just came more naturally after that trip, from feeling good and from learning so much about myself,” adds Rose. “I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I’ve ever felt in my life. So there is a lot of searching as well as a lot of discovery on this record.”