Lucy Sunday // December Love

As Alexis Petridis alluded to in his recent review of the (brilliant) Kelela EP, R&B has become an increasingly crowded intersection of popular music; to stand out, you’ve really got to sound exceptional.

LA-native Lucy Sunday is only one track in, but she’s already having no problems separating herself from the rest of the pack. ‘December Love’ is just as frosty as the title suggests – her haunting vocals flanked by production that sounds like a long, woozy sigh. But it’s not all heartbreak and sultry, low key R&B – towards the end the track gathers pace, breaking into a gallop via insistent percussion and Lucy’s ever ethereal vocals. Even at that pace, though, the whole thing feels beaten and desolate, and it’s all the more moving for it.