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WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM LUCY WENTWORTH – BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT

Lucy Wentworth’s music possesses something of an immediacy. Her upfront and wispy vocals, with detailed and wistful lyrics, contribute to both a charmed musical exterior and an emotionally angsty undertone. She’s a self-proclaimed ‘hillbilly emo’ which is apt – her combining of slow-moving folk and sombre storytelling would do wonders as the musical accompaniment to a dinner party organised by Phoebe Bridgers and Connor Oberst.  

Her new single – ‘Blink and You’ll Miss it’ – is a downtrodden ballad with a devastating demeanour. Wentworth’s tender voice juxtaposes the sadness of lyrics like ‘if it was meant to be, well it would have been’. It’s a gentle composition too, one of those releases that is perhaps best listened to post-midnight.

However, it is not without fault. The wash of guitar, likely designed to function as a wall of blissful yet sorrowful reverberation, is a little clunky, with each individual strum audible within the mix, sounding unkempt next to Wentworth’s pristine vocals, themselves mixed particularly softly.    

It’s debatable whether the intensely lo-fi elements of the song are beneficial or not. There is much to be said for the delicacy of the track adding to Wentworth’s vulnerable performance. But given how ‘Blink and You’ll Miss it’ displays some sound songcraft, a radio-friendlier recording may have been desirable.

Regardless, Wentworth doubtlessly creates sound-play that will intrigue particularly the indie folk fans, who ought to listen in the early hours to experience the completeness of this song’s compassion and heartbreak.