Lucy Burke interviewed by Elsen Price at EastSide Radio 89.7fm on 7th Jan 2020. Lucy's discusses her single 'Calm Before The Storm,' her plans for 2020, recording at Abbey Road, and the fundraiser gig to raise funds for RFS and WIRES. Includes performance of 'Nearness of You' with Elsen Price on double bass.
One of the hardest parts about writing my blog is keeping my mouth shut about music until it’s officially released. While I love hearing music first, I’ve never been great at keeping secrets. However, with Lucy Burke’s stunning new single “Calm Before the Storm” now out on all your favourite digital platforms I can finally spill the beans.
This song is really something special. It’s dramatic and complex, and ultimately beautiful. I couldn’t help thinking about artists like Katie Noonan, Florence + The Machine, and Lana Del Rey as I listened to what Sydney-based Lucy has created here.
“It’s about embracing the unknown and confronting one’s fears,” she explained. “We all have storms to face in life. What’s important is that you rise up to face them.”
Lucy will launch “Calm Before the Storm” in front of hometown fans at The Vanguard on September 22.
1. Romeo and Juliet (1996) – Yes, the Leonardo Dicaprio film. This movie spurred a 10 year obsession with Leonardo Dicaprio, inspired me to become an actress for one year, though my mother kept insisting I “stick with the music, stick with the music.” It also led to a deep love of Shakespeare.
2. Good Will Hunting – No matter how many times it comes on, I always have to finish it. ‘It’s not your fault, it’s not your fault.’ Such a raw and emotional scene.
3. Naked Gun – Watching it with my mum is a MUST. Her laugh at Lesley Neilson’s face just makes the film.
4. Shawshank Redemption – So good. Enough said.
5. 28 Days Later – for the soundtrack alone! Cinematic, building, orchestral, haunting – amazing. Greatly influenced the recording of my song Calm Before the Storm.
As at home in an intimate acoustic setting as she is with full orchestration, Lucy Burke has the freedom to choose which setting best suits each song. That versatility keeps her from painting herself in a stylistic corner, she points out.
Lucy Burke chose The Vanguard to debut her latest creation for its reputation as a premier live music venue. Built specifically to showcase live music, the venue offers guests a relaxed vibe, with late-night fare and custom-crafted drinks available as they enjoy a night of fine music.
Embrace the unknown with Lucy Burke’s cinematically ethereal piece “Calm Before The Storm”
I’ve always been a sucker for songs that have this ability to just transport you away from the real world and take you somewhere magical. Getting this to happen is incredibly hard but Sydney based musician Lucy Burke seems to manage it easily in her latest cinematically ethereal single Calm Before The Storm.
The best way to describe the track is that it’s like someone took the jazzy cinematic nature of Lana Del Rey’s music and fused it with Florence Welch’s theatricality and mystical performing style, resulting in a distinct sound. The orchestral production is lush with it allowing Burke’s celestial vocal to truly soar over it and create an almost other worldly experience. Then you’ve got the poignant lyrics expressing how we must all, at some point in our lives, embrace the unknown and confront how fears head on to help us grow and become better people as a result of doing so.