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Lucy Hayes is a one-woman band/act/music-makin’-machine based in London. She likes the idea of the holistic, truly solo musician, so that’s what she tries to be, “The writing, arranging, production, playing – it all comes from my squishy brain,” Lucy tells Eat This Music. “My music is sometimes personal, sometimes deeply impersonal, always written simply on guitar before it’s manhandled in Ableton.”

Lucy didn’t exactly choose music as her creative outlet – it just sort of happened. It’s the family curse. But in all seriousness, she has always been creating, “Slightly compulsively, to be honest,” Lucy adds. “Writing fiction, drawing, just… making stuff up.”

Bloody great, to be honest,” Lucy expresses to Eat This Music on the release of her newest song. “Each release feels sort of like popping a massive blister. A big release of tension.”

“It’s hard not to get caught up in how the track is received – I try to keep remind myself that the important part is the writing process, and the catharsis it provides.”

Lucy’s ‘Somebody’ is really a miscellaneous ode to doom and gloom. It’s about dreaming of great things, and having to settle for mundanity, “I wrote it after I had a nightmare about seeing the earth from space, ‘pale blue dot’ style,” Lucy explains. “I don’t know quite how it prompted the song, but I tried to replicate the feeling of sadness and smallness I had in the dream. Not the most structured writing process!”

Lucy’s music as a project has always been about elevating folk songwriting with modern sound-worlds, and she feels like ‘Somebody’ captures that mission statement pretty well. “It’s never the same, to be honest,” Lucy states on the creative process of her new single. “This song came from a fleeting feeling I had in a weird dream.”

The last song Lucy wrote was about the book “Orlando” by Virginia Woolf. Usually the need to write attacks her, so she writes. A song trickles out in a few days of on-and-off writing, “There’s always a sprinkle of personal experience in them,” Lucy adds. “The best lyrics are the ones that spring from personal pain.”

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