Sydney singer-songwriter Lucy Burke explores life as a new mother with her first single of 2020 'Nighttime', singing about love, exhaustion and the conflicting emotions that arise with a new child.
Inspired by artists like Norah Jones and Adele, and working with producer Luke Bartoz (Lime Cordiale, Bluejuice, Art vs Science, Dappled Cities), Lucy has crafted a beautiful pop ballad that has hints of Weyes Blood and Portishead. "This song is about being a new mother," Lucy says.
"It is a reflection on what it's like to wake up with a crying baby in the middle of the night and feel a sense of loneliness and exhaustion.
"Despite this, there is comfort and solidarity in knowing that many others are having the same experience."
A mainstay of many iconic Sydney venues (LazyBones, Venue 505, The Basement, Foundry 616, The Vanguard), last year Lucy placed third in the open category of the Australian Songwriters Awards.
"This song reminds me of the '80s film 'The NeverEnding Story', which I guess is appropriate as it's about wanting to dream and being caught between two worlds.
"I recorded this song with Luke Bertoz. He's a great engineer and producer who really understood the balance between bitter and sweet that I was looking for.
"I wanted the song to be both uplifting and haunting, and we achieved this by blending real instruments with haunting electronic sounds."
Ahead of the release tomorrow, scenestr is pleased to premiere 'Nighttime' today. Enjoy.
When it came to the lyrics, Lucy admits her band did give her great feedback. "The opening lyric was originally: 'Feeling warm, drifting into a yellow sea'; though I changed to 'deep blue sea' as my band mates said it sounded like someone was wetting the bed, haha!"