Belfast, County Antrim
'Celestial' - Liam Gallagher
'A Superstar in Waiting' - This Feeling
'Seriously Great Record' - Huw Stephens/BBC Radio 1
Fast-rising, honey-voiced Belfast/Liverpool-based singer-songwriter, LUCY GAFFNEY rattled the airwaves and social media with her April debut, followed by a succession of straight-to-socials acoustic covers that earned wild approval of thousands of new fans, including Liam Gallagher and DMAs. Aiming a sugar-coated bullet to the chest of impossible love once more, Gaffney sings her heart out with a cover of DMA’s IN THE AIR, featuring the band’s guitarist, Matt Mason.
Gaffney’s debut single, the James Skelly-produced Can’t Escape proved a bona fide traffic stopper as critics dug out superlatives to describe the rare alchemy of gleaming pop perfection and painful, ocean-deep lyrics, all incisively describing the hopelessness of unrequited love. A branch of the family tree that links Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain to Jenny Lewis’ She’s Not Me, Gaffney took to the acoustic guitar at the low point of romance to add her own slice of barbed beauty to the songbook of the broken hearted. Initially inspired by Radiohead’s In Rainbows, a flood of emotion and guillotine-sharp lyrics flowed from Gaffney into Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, to be met by co-producers, James Skelly and Thom Southern. Rich with jangle-guitar lines and vocal harmonies, Gaffney’s opening statement of intent couldn’t be more convincing.
Part of an EP of four-tracks, follow up In The Air finds Gaffney paying homage to the sensitive songcraft of the Australian three-piece, as well as finding the ideal bridge from up her own, original expression of listless infatuation. Described simply as ‘celestial’ by Liam Gallagher in a single word response on Instagram, Gaffney’s inspiring cover of Oasis’ Songbird, originally posted in lockdown from her back garden, built on the rapturous response that rained-down following her folksy cover of the lesser-heard Stone Roses b-side, Your Star Will Shine. Between marriage proposals from open-mouthed followers and thousands of shares amongst a now global audience, Gaffney was knocked out to be contacted by Mason with his offer to add guitars after posting her stripped-back version of In The Air.
All three covers appear as freshly recorded, studio versions on the In The Air EP, with an acoustic version of Can’t Escape bringing a new sense of vulnerability to what has proved to be a runaway success for the singer-songwriter. The EP was recorded entirely under lockdown in ‘The Garage’ with Gaffney’s brother, Thom Southern.
Exchanging Ireland for the creative vibe of Merseyside, Gaffney has previously hit the road with peers from Liverpool’s contemporary ‘Hall of Fame’, including The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones and She Drew The Gun.