ANNIE Remixes TV Room’s Debut Track “Balcony”
Out Now via Sad Club Records
London-based multi-instrumentalist TV Room unveils a remix of debut single ‘Balcony’, by ANNIE of rising Brighton-based band Lime Garden. The moniker of Deep Tan’s drummer Lucy Rushton, ‘Balcony’ marks TV Room’s debut release. With a fine balance of sardonic wit and tentative confessional lyrics, ‘Balcony’ is an anti-break up ballad and the perfect antidote to the post-break up blues, a “soft-boy queer anthem”.
Separating the beats to bring this decadent atmosphere whilst the effects on the vocal notes add this extra vibrance to the ensemble. The original track serves as this heart-felt, cutting ensemble. A deeply personal journey. With the rework, the ambiance alters the overall stirring effect of the release. Dynamically shifting the intimacy to convey this larger feel, the notes soar, the jarring tones and textures work to lift the lyrics and bring this ambitious journey to the forefront of the rework. Still keeping the tracks’ original array of hooks and emphasizing the addictive qualities.
On the collaboration, Lucy states: “I’ve worked with Annabel before – she did an amazing remix for a project I’m in called Moon Balloon so when I thought about a remix for balcony she was the first person to come to mind. I basically just sent her the stems and that was that – having heard her work before I knew that whatever she came up with would be fab.”
On hearing ‘Balcony’ as a remix: “I always thought that the song had good potential as a remix. Because I write from more of a rhythmic angle than a melodic, I feel like the songs I write are always built around rhythm and are therefore ripe for a bit of spicing up. It’s lovely to hear it a bit more funky – I’ve been playing and listening to the song so much recently, so honestly it’s a bit of a relief to hear it made into something new.”
Written as an unsent letter to someone Lucy couldn’t speak to at the time, ‘Balcony’ acts as a therapeutic release, using the track to process her own feelings. Lucy invites you into her raw and delicate ether, allowing you to take in every word: “Songwriting to me is basically like therapy, in that it’s where I put all of the feelings that I struggle saying out loud. ‘Balcony’ is me sort of singing into the void, and processing and working through my feelings by myself and with myself, as opposed to placing that onto someone else in person.”
TV Room echoes the etheric lyricism of Alice Phoebe Lou, as well as the understated instrumentation of Soccer Mommy, creating an instantly endearing lo-fi track. Lucy is influenced greatly by Cate le Bon and Adrianna Lenker, and “like any gay self-respecting songwriter”, influenced by Courtney Barnett: “Her double EP ‘A Sea of Split Peas’ is a major one for me. I’d also say Dry Cleaning, particularly lyric-wise, I love their deadpan humour.”
TV Room is the moniker of London-based multi-instrumentalist Lucy Rushton. Drummer in post-punk band Deep Tan, TV Room is Lucy’s venture into an empathetic and intimate world. An honest storyteller, Lucy takes comfort in writing, using music as a means of confession and expression of vulnerability. Growing up in a small town near Manchester, Lucy used music as her route out of the town. Buying a £20 guitar from cash converters when she was 15, Lucy developed her amp-less sound on the landing of her parents home. Studying Popular Music at Goldsmiths University, she developed her sound amongst a scene of like minded musicians. Lucy has played in a multitude of bands, not least Deep Tan and Buggs, touring with the likes of Yard Act, Billy Nomates and The Big Moon.