A fresh but affirmed voice on Glasgow’s bustling indie folk scene, Lizzie Reid’s six track EP Cubicle is released on 10th February. Reid opens with ‘Tribute’, which sets the scene for the rest of the EP, an ode to relationships and their often simultaneously inevitable and unforeseen decline.
‘Tribute’ melodically captures a unifying emotion, with lyrics like ‘remembering fearing the feeling that I am feeling’ hitting you right in the heart. A maturity resonates throughout, the kind found only through heartbreak and loss; in this case a formative summer and the end of Lizzie’s first same-sex relationship.
Cubicle is unforgivingly raw, and it is impossible not to see Laura Marling as an influence on ‘Seamless’ and ‘Always Lovely’, with clean guitar alongside firmly emotive vocals. ‘Always Lovely’ has already gained over 100,000 streams on Spotify, alongside plays on BBC6 Music, XFM, and Radio 1.
‘Been Thinking about You’ is a rise from the ashes with a jazzier vibe and more snarling vocals, even offering a sharp laugh before a powerful close, a breakaway from the largely acoustic nature of the rest of the EP.
The final song and title track ‘Cubicle’ soldiers through the moving on process, Reid toys with what is right and wrong once the dust has settled. ‘And if I go to his tonight, will you feel terrible? Your new girl says I’m beautiful’ captures perfectly the lasting effects of a relationship in the way only indie-folk can, reminiscent of Julia Jacklin and many nights out of my own.
This is indie-folk at its twenty-somethings best, emotive and pure and full of a heartbreak we can’t help but remember fondly. Recorded just before lockdown in March 2020, Cubicle will have you longing for a walk home after an acoustic gig, all of the questions of evenings past buzzing through your mind. Lizzie Reid is one to watch.
Main photo credit: Chris Almeida