The music of LUME is a melting pot: of ideas, of sounds, of places. Weaving her way down South and ending up in Brighton, Zara found a new home in more ways than one as LUME, which is a riff on the historic cotton industry of her native Oldham, peppered with mills and Looms.
Launching at the end of 2017 with her debut single ‘Magnets’, LUME followed up in 2018 with her debut EP ‘Tip of Your Thumb’ and quickly caught the attention of many key supporters. With over 5m streams on the 4 track EP to date, she charted on the Global Hype Machine charts on 2 singles and followed that trend with a debut sold out live show at The Servant Jazz Quarters in London. Following the success of her debut EP, LUME holed herself up in her Brighton studio and she now returns with her next single ‘Edge of My Seat’, taken from her upcoming EP of the same title, which will be released later this year.
On this next single LUME imagines “a search party or rescue mission out there looking to pull us out of the mud” at a time, she says, when “everyone I spoke to seemed to be stuck in a rut and on the brink of giving up”. LUME says “it’s a hopeful track, with the idea that we’ll all find contentment and clarity at some point - with whatever we choose to fight for or let go of.”
The track, co-written and produced with Maths Time Joy (Gallant, Mahalia) “started from a beat and delayed guitar over a simple bass line”, which LUME took away with her to labour over. The verses maintain an intimacy whilst still building towards something bold, hopeful and anthemic in the chorus, with LUME’s confident and captivating vocals layered throughout.
Taking influence from the dark, left-of-centre pop of Lapsley and Maggie Rogers amongst others, there’s an openness and willingness to embrace sounds and ideas from every corner in LUME’s music. On working with Maths Time Joy, LUME says “it was his idea to put those R&B vocal edits in, something I would not normally go for, but I like how they nod to a genre that I grew up with”. It’s this total dedication to the songs, the feelings and the craft that makes LUME such an enticing new prospect, and one to evoke heart-thumping emotion. Watch her spin.
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