LR Baggs Presents
For this session, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lydia Luce, joined by Anthony da Costa, plays two songs from her new album, Something to Say and Occasionally. In late February, she self-released her anticipated orchestral-infused, indie folk album, Dark River. Luce’s sophomore album received high praise from tastemaker media, including AV Club, who stated, “The resonant warmth and exhilarating swell of Lydia Luce’s songwriting will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Neko Case & Dusty Springfield.” Paste hailed the album and stated, “Dark River ranges from personally intimate to grandly cinematic.” Flood described the album as “blending classical, maudlin, and even anachronistic sounds with a more modern take on romantic relationships.” Nashville Scene praised Luce’s unique vocals and claimed, “Luce’s vocals echoes of post-war vocal pop melded with contemporary folk-pop.” Under The Radar hailed the album as “gorgeously arranged bit of chamber pop, marrying idyllic finger-picked guitar, touches of keys, and a stirring orchestral accompaniment”. American Songwriter described her intimate writing style as “effortless and enchanting ease” along with Garden & Gun who praised Luce as a “musical wunderkind.”
Dark River was produced by Jordan Lehning (Andrew Combs, Caitlin Rose) and recorded at the historic Southern Ground Nashville, which has been a home to Kacey Musgraves, Foo Fighters, and Kris Kristofferson. It showcases Luce’s multi-instrumental vision with her performing viola prominently throughout. Dark River follows her debut solo album Azalea, released in 2018, an accomplished release that drew praise from publications, from PopMatters to American Songwriter, establishing her as a notable emerging talent in Nashville and beyond.