By Frank Bell
Sydney-based eclectic singer-songwriter Lucy Burke presents her new lushly upbeat pop tune ‘Vicinity’, recorded with Luke Bertoz.
Tell us everything we should know about your new release.
Vicinity is a pop dance track that is upbeat and fun. I wanted to mix things up after my previous intimate acoustic song, Please Stay. The key message of the song is: go hard or go home! It explores a desire to collaborate with others who share a similar vision and join forces with people who can see beyond what’s in front of them and dream big. The video clip was a blast to film with my bandmates, shot in Sydney’s underground. To listen head here: ditto.fm/vicinity
I’ve always been singing and performing and have grown up in a musical family. My mum and dad were in a band in New Zealand called the Grime Street Gang and my mum used to single Beatles songs to me every night as well which influenced my love for music. I started songwriting when I was in primary school and the first song I wrote when I was 12 for my primary school teacher which is very cringing now but since then, I realized I could write songs and use music to convey feelings and thoughts, and from there, I’ve always loved music.
Did the pandemic have an inspirational effect on your creative output? If so, can you tell us how?
Covid has led to live shows being postponed which has been a real bummer but on the other hand, I’ve made use of the time by writing songs and recording. It also encouraged me to think outside the box and try new things, such as live streaming and recording more at home.
Does the city you inhabit influence the music you produce?
Maybe not the city itself, but definitely the world we live in. I get influenced by what happens around us, on social media, the news, and also friends and family.
If you were stranded on a desert island which three albums would you choose to wash up on the shore?
Do people still listen to full albums? I guess my favorite albums would be: The Beatles anthology, Eva Cassidy’s Songbird, and Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
Release more new music, record video clips for each song and hopefully perform live shows if Covid permits…. Fingers crossed.
Dream line up. If you could tour with any musicians, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
The Beatles, Norah Jones, Freddy Mercury, Eva Cassidy, Foo Fighters and Portishead.
If you had to describe your sound in three words what would they be?
Storytelling, Intimate, Varied