Lizzyspit – Trouble Lies Deep

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It has never been difficult to be enchanted by the radiant talent of singer/songwriter Lizzyspit and with her new release, the Trouble Lies Deep EP, that artistic tempting has never been stronger. Consisting of four alternative folk/pop songs which touchingly croon to involve the listener’s ears and thoughts, the EP caresses imagination and emotions like a summer evening of reflection. The release comes from the heart for the heart, Lizzy at her most melancholic yet but also at her most potently seductive.

Hailing from London here in the UK and a resident of Sydney, Australia for around the past couple of years, it is fair to say that Lizzyspit has been one big digital success story. Over one and a half million fans have devoured her online performances as well as downloaded her music and hit up her videos. It has pushed her into a deserved brighter spotlight whilst her live shows have only cemented and pushed her stature further, the lady thrilling notable venues in the UK such as The Troubadour London, The Camden Roundhouse, and Manchester’s Lowry Theatre and in her new home, including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Add places like New York’s famous Bitter End and you see the worldwide presence Lizzy has earned, something her releases and especially Trouble Lies Deep you feel, has and will drive forward. Currently back in England, the name and sound of Lizzyspit will be refreshing lips and ears of her elegant artistry through the new EP and it has to be said she has never sounded better.

The release opens with Once Upon A Time, guitar and vocals an immediate evocation of emotion and sombre reflection; Lizzy, as she is so 1959719_386215978184184_97481912_ngood at, exploring a situation and emotional shadow everyone has embraced or been shaded by. With shuffling beats and percussive coaxing plus delicious additional melodic hues provided by Carlos Adura and Carl Dimatage respectively helping colour the emerging small but rich drama, the song evolves into an understated yet fully magnetic and tonally busy proposition. It is a mesmeric wrap around senses and feelings easily enthusing ears and passions.

Second track All Dressed Up Nowhere To Go builds on the strong start with its sultry melodic endeavour and emotive dance. Unveiling a slightly more urgent energy and poise to its subtle stroll, the track transfixes sonically and lyrically, its warm skies and adventure enriched by the ever expressive voice of Lizzy and sighs of heated melodies which vein the compelling fascination. As in its predecessor, the skittish percussive essences and incisive guitar design adding extra enticement and depth to the voice of the song as it once again enthrals and lights up the imagination.

Goodbye (to the ones who screwed you over), from a tender gentle start which simply strokes ears like a loving partner, lifts its spirit and energy for a lively but controlled canter kissed by evocative strings and impacting rhythms. It never really elevates beyond that stance, merging the loftier gait with the opening tempered presence, but still evolves a lively infectiousness which infests senses through to passions. It is a masterful persuasion which lingers and continues to work its temptation long after its departure, the songwriting of Lizzyspit never lacking potent bait here at its most irresistible yet.

The release is closed by an acoustic version of Gone Gone Gone, voice and guitar at one in a melancholy wrapped narrative of a disappointing lost relationship. For a voice so vibrant from within a smile, going by her promo shots, which is a simple sunspot, the lyrical heart of the EP is surprisingly heavy hearted in sentiment and an investigation which feels it maybe intimate to her as much as the experiences of its listeners.

Lizzyspit is a bright light who just gets stronger and more eloquent musically and lyrically with every release, Trouble Lies Deep her most revelatory and impressive so far.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 01/04/2014

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Lizzyspit: Home/ Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

It was last year that Lizzyspit or Elizabeth Knights to her Mum, first captured our attention with her outstanding EP I’m Alive You Know, a release which enchanted not only us but also the likes of Emily Sandé, Janice Long, and Steve Lamacq, and a growing wave of new fans. Since then she has seemed relatively quiet though that is probably down to the fact she has relocated across the globe. The London girl has gone and moved to South West Australia, and there we were about to offer her an all expenses slap up meal, oh well. Now settled she has returned with her acoustic guitar primed and ever captivating voice in full song with a double A-sided single Home/ Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.

The two tracks were recorded last year before Lizzyspit made her big move and were songs which found an eager reception when introduced in her live shows previously. Teaming up with producer/designer Matt Schonborn who worked on her previous single Talk You Down, she recorded the pair of songs just before 2011 closed her eyes and it has to be said they are arguably the best thing she has done to date.

Home is a song about a surfer who is prevented from going home to the ocean by his life in the city, the track visiting the emotions behind the situation and its developing journey to a heart fulfilling conclusion. The song can be translated to any personal life where one is prevented or removed from where the love and heart truly is and makes for a thoughtful and provocative piece of songwriting. Lizzyspit caresses the ear with her again and to be honest now expected exceptional vocals and emotive grace as she offers  understanding and comfort to the focus of the song and any personal issue that it maybe incites. It is a wonderful song which confirms her as one of the most engaging and impressive indie folk artists in the world.

Obviously Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves is a cover of the Cher classic and what a fine version it is. The fully impressive thing about it though is that Lizzyspit has not taken the easy route as most artists seem to do and simply covered it. She has turned it into her own song, reinvented it with an emotional and haunting breath to create an easy rival in quality and power to the original. With absorbing harmonies and an electric presence behind her acoustic tenderness and deeply expressive vocals, the song is immense and further unveils the imaginative and creative craft of Lizzyspit.

Released June 25th this wonderful single should elevate her into a wider realm of recognition and acclaim.

To mark the release, Lizzyspit is giving fans the opportunity to win a personally written song. Fans can tweet the singer (@Lizzyspit) their reactions to the new record Home/Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves. One winner will be selected at random and the song, when written, will be videoed and uploaded to her social networks.

Lizzyspit will be back in the UK this September, and will be performing a series of gigs, live in the flesh. Watch this space for further details.

RingMaster 18/06/2012

 

 

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