RIYL: Angel Olsen, Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom

Label: Lost and Lonesome

Lucy Roleff’s debut record This Paradise was released this summer and is one of my favourite female folk records this year. If you’re looking for a sadder sister to Angel Olsen, then listen to this beauty. The mood of “This Paradise” remind me of her debut Strange Cacti, which I consider her best.

Lucy’s songs are mostly played on fingerpicking guitar or harp, but most of the songs are beautifully joined by cello, bowed glockenspiel, cymbals, piano and pump organ without losing the minimal approach. This Paradise is one of the most honest and intimate records I heard in long long time. Listen to this haunting and melancholic record below.

The Details

Lucy Roleff is a classically trained, lyrical-folk songstress from Melbourne. Born to a German Opera singer father and Maltese mother, she spent a childhood steeped in ornate European classical music, storytelling and folk styles.

Lucy’s compositions weave lyrical verse, fractured sounds and lush harmonies, interspersed with moments of haunting abandon.

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