Unrequited love has never sounded so good
Elli Chappelhow
10:26 17th April 2020

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Combining lyrically evocative and intimate songwriting with jangly guitar lines and effortless pop hooks, Lucy Gaffney has grabbed us by the heartstrings with ‘Can’t Escape’. With a penchant for a timeless melody, it’s a very strong debut from the Belfast-via-Liverpool songwriter. If anyone can pull off singing lyrics such as, "Nothing seems to change in a world of pain,” with a saccharine, dreamy vocal, Lucy Gaffney can. 

‘Can’t Escape’ is razor-sharp, barbed and condensed, yet manages to retain a free-wheeling looseness to the track. The sounds are rich and honeyed, and with a vocal reminiscent of indie popsters The Cardigans’ Nina Persson, Lucy Gaffney develops a strongly emotive narrative throughout the track that yearns and hurts in equal measure. Turning heartbreak into hooks? Ta da, Gaffney’s ya gal. Hear what we mean below:

Picking up the guitar as a vital antidote to the lovers’ blues, Gaffney is checking in to heartbreak hotel and planning to hunker down for the foreseeable, adding her own chapter to the never-ending novel to which so many desolate musicians have contributed. Having hit the road with the likes of Bill Ryder-Jones, She Drew The Gun and The Coral, Lucy is slowly building a strong live reputation that is sure to be bolstered by this debut. 

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