Lizzy Spit – Trouble Lies Deep EP (Rifton Records)
1 April 2014
Guitarist and singer songwriter, Lizzy Spit releases her new EP. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.
Anyone who goes by the name of Lizzy Spit is going to attract attention before she’s even sung a note. Fortunately, the sound that comes from her mouth is pure beauty. A singer with a quite incredible voice that you are almost sure to hear again and again quite soon.
Already championed by much mainstream radio and a huge success on the internet, her digital following is creating a stir and making everyone sit up and see what all the fuss is about.
She’s clearly loved and lost in her life as her lyrics are heart-breaking, either that or she is an amazing songwriter. Her words tear at your soul, unless you don’t have one. The four tracks included here are of superb quality and if they are a true representation of what she can do then there are good times ahead.
Her style is like a classic sound of Joni Mitchell or the writing skills of Carole King, there is very little like her at the moment. EP opener Once Upon A Time is catchy from the off with a wistful guitar, light percussion and Lizzy’s voice which is simply sublime. There are parts that sound familiar which helps to engage on first listen.
Intriguing echoes mark the start of All Dressed Up Nowhere To Go. A slightly fuller affair with louder percussion this time, and Lizzy’s enunciation is perfect. Another tale of lost love and woe is wonderfully expressed.
The brilliantly titled Goodbye (To The Ones Who Screwed You Over) is haunting with a string backing and enthralling rolling drums, and Gone, Gone, Gone is Lizzy alone with her guitar. Immersing yourself in the music of Lizzy Spit it’s difficult not to at least feel a tear well in your eye. A remarkable and quite brilliant talent.
All words by Paul Scott-Bates. Article originally appeared on hiapop Blog here. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found here. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog. Paul is working hard to save Radio Lancashire’s On The Wire, the BBCs longest running alternative music programme. Follow him on twitter as @saveonthewire for all On The Wire news or follow hiapop Blog on Twitter, @hiapop.