Lucy Feliz releases a new single ‘Last Laugh’, on the Edinburgh-based OK Pal label.
The track is taken from her forthcoming second album, ‘Last of The Sun’, set for release on 28th August 2020, also via the Scottish independent label run by Hailey Beavis and Faith Eliott, and currently available to pre-order via Bandcamp.
‘Last Laugh’ follows the album’s lead single, ‘Magic Hour’, which came out earlier this year. The new album will follow Feliz’s debut, ‘Ancestry’, which was released on Union Music in 2017 – recorded in a church founded by her Welsh ancestors.
Since then the Brighton-based artist and musician has opened for artists such as Laura Veirs, Anna Burch and Tiny Ruins on their UK, and more recently featured as part of the BBC Introducing Isolation Mixes on the ‘Working From Home Mix’ from BBC Sounds, and out now via all good DSPs.
Commenting on the single, Feliz says: “’Last Laugh’ is a coming of age story, evocative of the moment a child realises they won’t live forever. It’s an ode to being young, feeling invincible, and capturing that vulnerability you feel when you realise you have no control of what the universe will bring. It’s about letting go, embracing the humour in our menial existence, and laughing at it in the face of fear.”
“The concept was to escape the mundane by stepping into a ‘90s garden dreamworld,” she says of the footage. “The inner child explores their limits, and we see reality flutter between imagination and what’s actually there. After all the excitement, it gets a bit sad, and we realise it’s not that fun playing alone!”
As well as the OK Pal-curated Quarentine Cabaret, Quarantunes and a Live Music Scotland lineup alongside Martha Ffion & Savage Mansion, she also recently took part in the Big Issue North’s Big Busk At Home—a charity livestream gig raising money to provide Big Issue vendors with PPE and contactless payment devices, and providing financial aid to those who are still shielding.
“When I was a kid, my dressing up box was my favourite thing in the world” Feliz explains, “I love shape-shifting and using costumes”.
The single, and indeed the album, were produced and mixed by Ben Edwards at The Sitting Room in Lyttelton, New Zealand, while mastering was done by Chris Chetland.
As well as taking lead vocals on the sessions for the album, Feliz also plays guitar and keys, while she has a band of musicians performing on the record – percussionist Joseph McCallum, Elmore Jones on guitar, bassist Ben Edwards – who also plays synth and “special effects – and Ryan Chin, who provides additional percussion and bass.
The track also comes with a video – filmed by Tiia Kukkonen, who plays synth in Feliz’s live band, it was directed and edited by Feliz herself during lockdown.