Brighton-based artist and musician Lucy Feliz has not only released new single, Magic Hour, but has dropped a record with OK Pal Records, Last of the Sun. With a second track on the horizon for release and this LP, there is much to keep an eye out for with Lucy. She spoke with The Fountain about her first track released from the 12″ as well as the album itself.
TF: You have a new album out, what can we expect from this 12″?
It’s a rather cosmic sounding affair, and perfect for day time listening with the windows wide open. I cross referenced each song with a certain time of day, so it starts at dawn and ends at dusk… and the vinyl is orange like a big setting Sun to reflect that. The whole album is pretty much my psychological outlet for ‘making sense of things’, so expect a mixed bag of beautifully produced emotions.
TF: Magic Hour is such a hauntingly beautiful track, can we look forward to more of the same?
Yes! Expect more pop flourishes, nostalgic dives, and contrasting moments of light and dark (chiaroscuro if we’re getting arty) throughout. I used to work in a record store, so would listen to a wide variety of albums from start to finish. My favourites had a balanced ratio of mystery and vulnerability and when I worked behind the till there, I really loved putting things on I could subtly move my hips to, and I wanted to make something that would suit that environment. Magic Hour has that quality for me, and it’s definitely a good overview of the rest of the sound.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Deep in a dream, we’ve just landed on a planet with beautiful mountains and lakes, big red sun in the sky. A cowgirl voyager navigates the land and takes you on an existential journey.
Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
I love experimentation and admire self taught instinctive playing. Looking at someone legendary like Joni Mitchell inspires me to keep on going, finding validation in not being labelled an expert. I also idolise artists like Anna Calvi – a technical genius, full of raw expressionism. But to generalise, it’s the artists and peers who use music as an outlet for the everyday I relate to most. Songwriting as a form of cathartic translation. Big Thief, Weyes Blood, Angel Olsen, Hand Habits.. sedated sounds, luxuriating in the subconscious.
What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Hopefully I can tour this album at some point. I can’t wait to be able to play in real life, especially those friendly all-dayer shows with music community feels – oh to have a real gathering of people, what a dream! I’ve also been writing a lot of new music I’m really excited about. It’s always fun to start playing around with new material.
Last of the Sun is out now, via OK Pal Records