Opening with the powerful, urgent drumming of "Red Face" before segueing into the first single she ever released, "Middle Of The Bed", Like I Used To
is the result of almost five years of open mic nights and tireless touring both as a vocalist for Bombay Bicycle Club and as an artist in her own right. The unconventionally structured, tempo-hopping "Lines", with its complex time signatures and roaring choruses; the slide guitars and Sufjan-esque harmonies of "Shiver"; the brooding, atmospheric "Place"--the entire album is testament to Lucy’s desire to produce as organic a record as possible.
For an artist described by The Fly as “disarmingly candid”, recording was never going to happen in a sterile inner-city studio, with Lucy instead choosing to lay down the tracks at her parent’s house and the village hall in her native Warwickshire with the aid of her band mates and producer extraordinaire Charlie Hugall (Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran). Single "Bikes" displays a terrific show of melody and an almost frustrating catchiness that echoes throughout this stunning long player.
Lucy’s journey began when she hopped on a train to London, leaving behind the house she would return to years later to record Like I Used To
. Striking out for the big city armed with an acoustic guitar and an unstoppable dedication, Lucy played every open-mic night imaginable. She met people on the way who are still with her now and with their support and her graft she learned the ropes. Her debut album is a confessional of disarming intimacy and candid truth.