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Following the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album YIAN earlier this year, Lucinda Chua today shares her brand new EP ‘Reclaiming The Rose’, out now via 4AD.
Alongside the announce of this EP, Lucinda Chua also shares new live dates for 2024, including two shows with the London Contemporary Orchestra presented by the Barbican, as well as joining Speakers Corner Quartet as a special guest in April. Lucinda will also performing in the US for the first time, with shows in New York & L.A. Full list of dates below, and tickets can be bought here.
Speaking on the concept behind the EP, Lucinda explains:
“Following the release of YIAN, I had the opportunity to perform my music and connect with new audiences across Europe and Asia.
Reclaiming The Rose is a bi-lingual meditation exploring ideas of returning, remembering and retracing ancestral roots. I was inspired by the journey of the rose; a plant indigenous to China that made its way to the UK in the 1700s.
I met the artist and poet He Sun at a music festival in Italy and found a kinship with one of her poems. I wanted to set these words to music, to hear the words spoken in both their English and Mandarin form. I asked my friend Xiaoqiao to join me on the final song.”
‘Reclaiming The Rose’ expands sonically on YIAN, acting as an epilogue to Lucinda’s debut album. Opener ‘The Maze’, sees stunning ethereal instrumentation underpin a spoken word piece from Lucinda, whilst ‘Rose Garden’ takes Lucinda’s piano based writing and translates it to the guitar, creating a Radiohead-esque moment of beauty and a moment of stark difference to ‘YIAN’. The EP ends with ‘Remembering The Rose’’ a beautifully tender duet with musician and harpist Xiaoqiao, co-produced by Chua and collaborators BON.”