First Listen! Lucy Roleff – This Paradise

We are absolutely delighted to exclusively premiere the debut solo album from Lucy Roleff. This Paradise is unleashed into the world today and Lucy has kindly offered our readers the chance to hear it first, so wrap your ears around her beautiful folk compositions.

The album follows Longbows, the Melbourne-based artist’s acclaimed EP from 2013. “This Paradise is a collection of songs written and recorded over the past three years or so,” she told us when we interviewed her last week. “I recorded with Tony Dupé (who produced and arranged Longbows) in his former studio – a 100 year old former parish hall, attached to his old place in South Gippsland.”

“This was my first time arranging for my music which was a steep learning curve – though very fulfilling to do! After recording the guitar and vocals, I arranged for harp and flute, which I played, as well as clarinet and saxophone played by my long-term collaborator Rosalind Hall. Alex Badham added some beautiful electric guitar soundscapes and bass and then Tony and his partner Claire Deak got to work adding subtle string arrangements and other stunning elements; pump organ, bowed glockenspiel, cymbals, cello, piano. We also had violinist Dayna Roberts come in and add some gorgeous touches. I feel very lucky to have worked with such skilled and like-minded people! I couldn’t imagine the album without them.”

You can read the full interview here.

This Paradise is out today via Lost And Lonesome. Lucy launches the album on July 28 at The Gasometer, Collingwood, with guests On Diamond + Mallee Songs + James Tom. The Facebook event is here