EMMA ANDERSON of LUSH – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with EMMA ANDERSON of
LUSH

Emma Anderson of Lush. An original picture by Sarah Matthews. http://sarah-matthews.tumblr.com/ @bernysplace

Emma Anderson of Lush. An original picture for “Velvet Sheep” by Sarah Matthews. http://sarah-matthews.tumblr.com/ @bernysplace

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today’s guest is one of two childhood friends at the heart of an iconic indie pop band that graced the faultless 4AD label in the early 90s. Their song “Hypocrite” is a highlight both of the “Rough Trade Indie Pop” compilation and of my iPOD, combining heartfelt pathos with seamless melody. When I first got in touch with her through Facebook where we share mutual friends, I didn’t realise that her band Lush were on the verge of a remarkable comeback. Apparently they’ve been learning all the fretwork of their extensive back catalogue by watching YouTube clips ahead of a sell-out gig at the Roundhouse 6th May 2016, and I am excited at the prospect, but also at the fact that she’s chosen a “Song For Ewe”. It’s Emma Anderson of Lush. Yayyy!!!

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Precursors to Britpop, Lush fell at just the time I was writing the original Velvet Sheep fanzine and lovingly photocopying it upstairs at my parents house in Gravesend. Their tunes were full of unrequited love, and they seemed to make the summers last forever. I definitely remember reviewing “Spooky” and numerous EPs including “Superblast!” and “Hypocrite”. And obviously “Single Girl” went onto be an epochal indie hit, and coincided when I joined MTV to work on “Alternative Nation”. Sadly, after the untimely death of drummer Chris Acland in 1996, they couldn’t bear to play live again and finally split in 1998.

Their 1996 album “Lovelife” was great and it felt there was more to come, so it was a pleasant surprise to find they are to play again next year, having to add a second date due to unprecedented interest. As well as a best of album “Ciao!” in November on 4AD, there will be a box set anthology called “Chorus” to follow in December. And though that is plenty to gaze shoe-wards to appreciate, before gazing on the band on stage (with Elastica’s Justin Welch on drums), Emma Anderson kindly agreed to choose something she’s been enjoying listening to lately. Velvet Sheep is honoured, to pass you…

Over to Emma:

“I often discover obscure music on social media these days and the last intriguing thing that was brought to my attention was an artist called Lewis whom, it seems, no one seems to know anything about apart from the fact he was Canadian and a stockbroker by day. He released an album in 1983 called ‘L’Amour’ and it’s an exercise in very low-key, almost blissed out piano noodling and synth experimentation. There are almost no structured songs that I can hear and his lyrics are pretty much indecipherable. The whole thing is a bit of a mystery (which I love) but I also do like the music a lot. The album is a bit of a lost gem and I have picked out this particular song as a starting point for anyone that hasn’t heard of him…”

THANKS TO EMMA. THE LUSH ANTHOLOGY “CHORUS” AVAILABLE ON 4AD LABEL BEGINNING OF DECEMBER, FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THAT AND NEXT YEAR’S ROUNDHOUSE GIGS here.

Author: Nick Hutchings

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