Beneath the lush arrangements and haunting vocal melodies of Lydia Luce’s latest production lies a story of human perseverance – the idea that we will carry on, letting hope and love guide us, in the face of an uncertain future.
The EP serves as a beacon for those trying to navigate their way through dark times triggered by recent societal events. Garden Songs is out now, and fans can enjoy the immersive artwork below.
Writing in such a picturesque setting helped Luce focus her attention on the world around her, literally in the case of the EP’s first song, “Matter of Time.” The summer before Luce landed on Orcas Island, the northwest suffered two brutal heat waves and extreme weather killed dozens of people.
This made Luce reflect on the cognitive dissonance of wanting to be present in this remarkable place while struggling with how the same area was deadly for so many during a time of extreme weather. For a woman who grew up by the ocean, the mountainous water views reminded her of her smallness. It also helped reduce his anxieties and ego to a manageable enough size that it wouldn’t stop him from just writing a song.
Luce turned to her impending marriage for “Vow,” which is the story of the next step in a relationship that had been turbulent. The song lands on a moment of anticipation, Luce explains, of “what we’ve built together and all of our hard work in our relationship and also being present and appreciating where we are.”
Another love is at the heart of “Air Castle”, that of Luce’s great-grandparents. Her father shared a book of their love letters, written between 1909 and 1920, when he was in California and she was in Georgia. The song captures how important it can be to feel like someone is in your corner, seeing the best in you and cheering on your triumph.
The EP ends with the beautiful “Yellow Dawn”, encapsulating the sentiment that propelled the writing and creation of Garden Songs. Perseverance, in love and in life, is a choice Luce continues to make, and the fruits of her pursuit are on full display through this magnificent musical window into her life.
Listen to the new EP here:
Catch Lydia Luce on tour
June 29 – Waldoboro, ME – The Waldo Theater
June 30 – Plymouth, MA – The Spire
July 1 – Cape Cod, MA – The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
July 2 – Portsmouth, NH – Music Hall
July 6 – Bristol, CT – Acousticool
July 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
July 29 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records Blue Room