LISTEN: London Newcomers Lucy Lu & Uma Team Up On Trippy “Black Bees”

Lucy Lu is the moniker of London born artist and producer Luke Bower. Donning the name just before his 21st birthday, it’s ambiguity is useful – often the project shape-shifts from 11 piece band to solo project, from collaborative collective to bedroom producer – usually all within a week.

On the eve of borders closing due to Covid shutdowns, Luke flew to Spain to be with his partner, and together they spent lockdown writing, recording, and growing vegetables. Now based in the Spanish countryside outside Barcelona, Luke is working on a Lucy Lu debut album.

Understanding Uma’s childhood is essential in comprehending her work. Born in Catalonia in 1995 to a British mother, trained in Performance Art, and a Thai father, working in a hospice in the slums of Bangkok, Uma’s upbringing of travel and diversity in encounters has inspired chords of empathy and the affinity to those around her bleeds naturally into her music.

Although initially classically trained in violin from the age of four years old, Uma has found innovation in the diversity of genres and performers. Uma’s music is defined by its emotional depth and fragile strength. Set to release her first EP on London label Slow Dance Recordings, Uma suggests that these will be “a heart on sleeve introduction” to her music.

Lucy Lu and Uma have teamed up on the ethereal psych-folk single”Black Bees” that is reminiscent of Animal Collective at its most chill. This sonic beauty sports eerie instrumentation and haunting vocals while smoothly transitioning into organic acoustic guitar picking. Check out this trippy representation of the underground London music scene…

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