There aren’t many things better than discovering a new artist whose music you instantly connect with. Whether they’re touring the nation making their name or supporting big acts globally, we’re here to put a spotlight on the musically-gifted people with a bright future ahead of them. This week, we’re introducing you to alternative artist, Lizzy Farrall
For Fans Of: Hot Milk, Luke Rainsford, Jetty Bones, Grayscale
Essential Listening: ‘Broken Toy’, ‘Barbados, ‘Addict’
2019 spawned a plethora of fresh talent and gave rise to an impressive number of alternative female vocalists in bands like Hot Milk, Dream State, Mannequin Pussy and countless others. Lizzy Farrell is no exception; taking last year by storm she not only released tracks like ‘Barbados’ and ‘Games’, but also embarked on a number of notable tours around the country.
To some it might seem as though she popped up out of nowhere, but like many singer-songwriters, she’d been grinding for a long time. It all started in Chester, at the age of 14, Lizzy busking habitually for years before going to Coleg Cambria in Wrexham to study BTEC Music Performance, where she would continue to hone her sound. That sound evolved into one blossoming with summery pop sensibilities, spliced by shimmering 90s synths and her cool, vibrant vocals, often creating a striking contrast between uplifting melodies and darker, cathartic lyrics.
She’s not a one trick pony though, far from it, in fact, as she proves with songs like ‘Broken Toy’. Stepping away from the bouncy melodies encompassed by most of her material, she displays the ability to strip things back to the bare minimum, allowing her vulnerability to shine through and truly resonate with fans. It made sense then that she teamed up with newcomer and king of heartbreak, Cory Wells, on a touching duet, ‘Fall Apart’, which featured on his 2019 debut album, The Way We Are.
Lizzy first grabbed record-label attention in 2017, signing to the reputable Pure Noise Records, which then saw her touring with label mates, Can’t Swim and The Story So Far (when they played an exclusive UK Club Show last year), as well as joining Trash Boat on the road. As with her recorded material, Lizzy puts everything into live performances, creating high-energy sets that are inviting to both fans and first-time listeners. Free of pretence, everyone is welcome to be as expressive as Lizzy, who is very obviously still a music lover first and foremost and an artist second.
She’s clearly had a phenomenal 2019, but with her debut album, Bruises, on the horizon for this year, 2020 looks even more promising. She’ll also be celebrating her record release by embarking on her first tour of the year with Set It Off, Broadside and Cemetery Sun, playing the biggest rooms of her career so far.
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