Born in Edinburgh to Chinese parents, 22-year-old singer and producer Rachel Lu released her debut EP ‘LVCID’ in 2020 under the moniker LVRA (pronounced loo-rah), self-described as an ode to her Chinese heritage.
Following the release of her second self-produced EP ‘TWO’ – 2021 has seen LVRA cement herself as one of the most exciting producers, songwriters and performers in the UK. This year she made her festival performance at Reading and Leeds, as well as claiming The Sound of Young Scotland award at the Scottish Album of the Year ceremony in Edinburgh.
Introducing a much darker tone both sonically and lyrically, TWO represents a significant step forward in LVRA’s sound. Calling to mind the animalistic freedom of sweaty basement clubs and parties, the new EP is characterised by harder, more angular production and visceral lyricism. Set against the backdrop of city-living, the four tracks explore materialism, superficiality and our relationship with our own toxic desires and habits. Sonically and visually ambitious, TWO is LVRA’s most impressive work yet, combining disarmingly direct but self-aware songwriting with an energetic musical confidence.