Lizzie Reid – ‘Cubicle’ | EP Review

Lizzie Reid releases her wonderous debut EP Cubicle

Cubicle showcases Reid’s clear talent for storytelling. Its warm yet vulnerable concoction of bittersweet folk is the perfect introduction to one of Scotland’s most exciting emerging artists.

After a handful of single drops late last year, Reid’s debut was highly anticipated. From the opening line to the last cooing chord, the project is an intimate confessional that reflects the Glaswegian singer-songwriter’s experience of love, loss, identity and modern life.

It came as no surprise to learn that Cubicle was recorded at Reid’s house. A homely feeling manifests its way through the record. From the soft fingerpicked guitar on ‘Tribute’ to the innocent meow of her cat at the end of ‘Seamless’, Reid adds thoughtful touches throughout the EP that land like a breath of fresh air.

‘Always Lovely’ is recorded right up close. A slow instrumental followed by a welcoming whisper, Reid’s voice cascades into your ears with expertly captured vulnerability. “An open book to be read at least twice a day”, she divulges in a tale of insecurity.

Reid has drawn comparison to Sharon Van Etten and PJ Harvey. ’Been Thinking About You’ is the first glimpse we get of that influence. Two minutes and forty seconds in Reid jumps from laid back jazz to a fierce guitar rip, backed by spontaneous squeals of delight. The track is delicate, mellow and bound together by the mature tone of an obviously seasoned live performer.

The project reads like a handful of journal entries. In ‘Company Car’, Reid rejoices in the love she has for her partner, yet in lyrics, “There’s a million different reasons I wish I could love a man, the way I love you”, she is honest about the struggle of being a queer woman. The vocals are hypnotising and glazed in reverb, they complement the vintage swing of the track perfectly.

‘Cubicle’ could be a soundtrack to a teen melodrama; it leaves you longing for a heartbreak you never had. Reid draws on elements of blues, jazz and folk to land with a project that is bathed in powerful honesty. It is an outstanding EP that cements Reid’s place as a rising star.

Words by Vanessa Valentine

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