While Lovelace has previously been a word synonymous with porn and the 1970’s (RIP Linda), London based singer-songwriter Rebecca Whitbread has brought the Lovelace name back into the spotlight – this time for all the right reasons (not that there is anything wrong with 70s porn).
Still only a PYT, Lovelace is well and truly living a life as colourful as her music, with plans of writing a full-length album and touring for the remainder of this year. With musical influences such as Kate Bush and Patti Smith, and having grown up singing her way through choirs and musicals, Lovelace is on her way to establishing herself as an artist who is as unique as she is talented.
No gnarly 70’s porn here (sorry). Lovelace is a solo artist from London town who casts a spell of dreamy bliss over those who listen to her sweet voice.
Fathers and Sons is Lovelace’s latest release and has seen the creation of a masterpiece through her collaboration with filmmaker Ben Parkin in the song’s accompanying video. Filmed in the rugged Dartmoor region of Lovelace’s native Devon county in the UK, Father and Sons is a song inspired by the true story of a lover who quite literally escaped the world he thought he knew to live in the woods, following the death of his father.
Lovelace’s pitch perfect voice tells us of the man’s struggle from the perspective of an outsider looking in, with thoughtful melodies in between an array of beautifully suspended chords that resonate well with the song’s overall meaning. According to Parkin, the video for Lovelace’s Fathers and Sons combines elements of both fantasy and reality in “an attempt to colour the psychology of the song’s source story”.
Within the entirety of the clip, two brothers successfully perform the tumultuous ups and downs of familial relationships amidst stunning backdrops of greenery, fields, riverbeds and sunsets with the occasional appearance of horses and cigarettes (it should be noted that the horses are not the ones smoking). The delicate layers of guitar, percussion, and backing vocals in line with Lovelace’s own voice make for a truly pleasurable listening experience.
Although Father and Sons probably isn’t the easiest song to sing along with (unless you can actually hit notes above a high C) it feels almost therapeutic to just sit down and listen to. Its a super powerful (just like The Hulk) song that captures emotional vulnerability at both its best and worst. Any Happy people that will be in London this June and/or July, you can catch Lovelace on the following dates:
FRIDAY 27TH JUNE – London Zoo Lates @ London Zoo
THURSDAY 24TH-27TH JULY – Secret Garden Party @ The Artful Badger
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