NPR

First Listen: Lucette, 'Deluxe Hotel Room'

Lucette avoids strummed guitars in favor of spartan digital sounds on her new album produced by Sturgill Simpson.
Lucette's Deluxe Hotel Room comes out May 17. Source: Fairlight Hubbard

introduced herself half a decade ago as the singer and songwriter behind "Bobby Reid," an eerily lulled plea to a lover who's turned murderous with an accompanying starring the stony stare and bloody hands of . The song shared its airily haunted, minor-key melody and shambling folk-rock feel with many other tracks on Lucette's debut album , which the Canadian piano player, born Lauren Gillis, recorded at the tender age of 19 with's" — the archetype of Southern gothic-pop — Lucette warmly embraced the comparison.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
'Floating Coast' Reads Like A Eulogy To The Natural World — With A Sliver Of Hope
The triumph of this book is how Bathsheba Demuth pulls seemingly disparate threads together into a net of actions and consequences from which the whales, the Yupik, and our children can't escape.
NPR3 min read
National Desk Staffing News
Ammad Omar will become Deputy National Editor/West; Eric Whitney will become NPR's Mountain West/Great Plains Bureau Chief; and more...
NPR3 min read
'This Way Up' Deserves A Spot On Your Crowded Viewing List
It can be hard not to miss lower-profile streaming shows. But This Way Up, a comedy created by Irish actress Aisling Bea and streaming on Hulu, has a sweet and funny story to tell.