Published On: Wed, Apr 26th, 2017

Lil’ Lost Lou – New Artist Showcase



Lil' Lost Lou

Hails from London, England
For fans of Sheryl Crow and Imelda May

In November 2015, Lou Psyche seized the day. For as long as she could remember, the London-born singer-songwriter had been knocking about the capital’s club scene, earning praise from those who caught her ramshackle splice of punk, country and rockabilly, but little else. “My whole career has been a test of faith, because I’ve never made a penny in my life,” she reflects. “A lot of people would have given up by now, but one day, I just thought ‘Right, I’m going.’”

The destination was Nashville, and the plan to record her debut album as Lil’ Lost Lou, was ambitious at the best of times. Logistically, it was made more complex by her long-standing fear of flying. “I can’t get on planes,” she says. “20 years ago, I flew to New York and then my dad died. On the plane home, my head was just full of death. I’ve had this complete plane phobia ever since.”

“It was completely impulsive,” she continues. “I called the studio in Nashville and booked a session. I dosed myself up with loads of sedatives, basically. Got on a plane to New York and I actually really enjoyed the flight. For me, that was quite a major thing.”

With that obstacle cleared, there was just the matter of recording in a strange city, with an untested session band and a producer (Billy Livsey) that Lou had never met. However, the swagger on Lil’ Lost Lou confirms their quickfire chemistry.

“I was lucky to have some amazing people play on the album,” she reflects, but while the expert swoon of instrumentation is certainly a factor, the main event is Lou’s cut-to-the-bone songcraft and a vocal that can be pained or playful. “I always talk about men, trains and dead people,” she explains. “He’s A Bad Boy is about this bloke I met in the pub who’d been in prison and I Have Erased Your Number is about a different guy I was obsessed with for 10 years.”

Her past might be painful, but two decades later, Lou has conquered her phobia, delivered on her talent and bottled the album that might just take her overground. “It feels triumphant,” she decides. “Finally, I think I’ve made a really good record.”

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