Last week Lucy Whittaker released her debut EP Only One. I had never listened to any of Lucy's music before this EP, so I was really excited to listen for the first time. The first track on the EP, You, is a really great opening song. Whenever I listen to this song I can imagine it being played on the radio and at festivals, as it sounds perfect for summer. Lucy's vocals are also shown off really well throughout, showing the listeners her talent from the very start. You is a perfect pop song, with really lovely lyrics and it's definitely something that I would choose to listen to all the time. Giving her Track by Track to Pop Affairs, Lucy said, "You is about falling in love. I was at a place in my life where I was really happy being single, and wasn't looking for a relationship at all. Suddenly I realised that I was falling for someone - it's like it hit me in the face all of a sudden. I decided to write You about that 'oh my God, I wasn't expecting that' feeling."
The next track on the EP is the lead single from the EP, Only One. As this was the lead single, I had high expectations before listening to it, and luckily I wasn't disappointed! The first thing that struck me about this song was that Lucy seems to have already developed her own individual style, which demonstrates her talent. While her genre may be pop, Lucy manages to add her own style to her songs making them easily identifiable as her. My favourite thing about Only One is the inspirational and motivating lyrics. It's really easy to listen to a song and not pay any attention to the words. but with this song you can't help but listen and be inspired. Talking about Only One, Lucy said, "Only One (the lead single from the EP) was written at a time when I was constantly in meetings with record labels. I was trudging though London with heavy bags and absolutely exhausted and I realised that I needed a motivation song to keep me going. What better song to motivate myself than one written about my life at the time?!"
The next song on the EP is the slower Alone. The track is much more emotional than the previous songs on the EP, therefore showing how versatile Lucy is as an artist. There's something about Alone that reminds me of Years & Years, and I really like it! When explaining the track, Lucy said, "Alone is about doing the right thing, not the easy thing. My previous relationship reached a point where it wasn't healthy for the two of us to stay together - we tried to make it work but things weren't meant to be. I wrote Alone as a way of trying to digest the emotions I was feeling at the time, and justify my decision to walk away from the relationship."
The final song on Only One is the upbeat Take Me Away. What I like about this song is the strong build up, leading into a fun and catchy chorus. I can imagine this song doing extremely well in the charts, not only because it's a fun song, but because once again Lucy has successfully shown off her vocals! When talking about Take Me Away, Lucy said, "Last year I was at a point in my life where I felt like I needed to escape from everything with the person I loved, and as a result Take Me Away was born! For me, the track is about a moment where life is overwhelming, and all you want is to remove yourself from the world."
Usually when listening to an EP there may be one or two songs that I don't like as much as the others, but this wasn't the case for Only One. I honestly enjoyed every song on this EP and I would definitely recommend giving it a listen!