Lydia Luce releases spellbinding song “Maybe In Time.” Nashville’s go to string session player (Dolly Parton, Eminem) steps out into spotlight.

AVANT-GARDE VIDEO PRODUCED BY ALYSSE GAFKJEN AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY LUCE, PREMIERED WITH UNDER THE RADAR

NASHVILLE’S GO TO STRING SESSION PLAYER, WHO HAS WORKED WITH DOLLY PARTON & EMINEM, STEPS OUT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH HER CLASSICAL AND INDIE ROCK INFLUENCED DEBUT RECORD, “DARK RIVER”

Nashville singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lydia Luce announced her latest song “Maybe In Time.” Luce who established herself as the go-to strings session player in Nashville, working with renowned artists such as Dolly Parton to Eminem has stepped into the spotlight with her album Dark River, due out February 26. The album, with a distinct blend of classical, vintage pop and indie rock influences, has caught the attention of tastemakers from NPR MusicNashville Scene and Under The Radarwho premiered the video for her single, stating, “Luce’s lustrous vocals run atop the rich instrumental, filling the song with resonant power as she reflects on her attempts to reach the divine.

Co-written with Raymond Joseph, the songs blend layers of acoustic guitar, crafted orchestral arrangement and gentle piano accompaniment, which compliment Luce’s crystalline vocals, which reflect on her religious upbringing and the common ground she eventually found with her family. Luce explained, “Growing up in a religious family, I have often questioned the existence of God. Music led me to spaces filled with people that did not believe the same things I did. I started to question the beliefs I was raised with and become curious about other possibilities.”

The song is accompanied by a stunning video produced by Alysse Gafkjen and choreographed by Luce herself. The beautiful imagery, interpretive dance numbers, and the warm hues used in the video make this incredible piece of art come to life. Describing the unique production Luce says, “We wanted to include local dancers so I reached out to Sarah Salim and Alex Winer who I had worked with in a previous music video and Joi Ware who is currently in the contemporary dance group New Dialect. I choreographed the instrumental section of the song but most of the dance was improvised movement.”

Luce grew up in a strict musical household where her mother was a professional conductor for the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and learning the violin was not presented as a choice. A virtuoso from six years old, she excelled in numerous philharmonics. She obtained her master’s at UCLA in the viola but knew her path was not that of a professional classical musician. Explaining, Luce says, “I am grateful for my classical upbringing and that I’ve gotten to absorb a diverse education in music. Ultimately it all brought me to this space of getting to create from experiences that are only mine.”

Dark River follows her debut solo album Azalea, released in 2018, an accomplished release, and established her as a notable emerging talent in Nashville and beyond. Luce also leads Lockeland Strings, a community arts organization that puts on monthly showcases of local artists accompanied by string quartet arrangements, alongside performances of new contemporary classical pieces from local composers. It partners with a new nonprofit each month to give a platform to organizations including the ACLU of Tennessee, Girls Write Nashville and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. For more information, please visit: https://www.lydialuce.com/


Dark River tracklist:

  1. Occasionally
  2. Dark River
  3. Tangled Love
  4. Something To Say
  5. Never Been Good
  6. Maybe In Time
  7. Leave Me Empty
  8. Somehow
  9. All The Time
  10. Stones
  11. Just The Same

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