“I wrote this sitting on a cliff on Orcas Island”, Lydia Luce told us. “My partner was on tour, and I was traveling. We had been apart for about a month and wouldn’t see each other for a while. In the past I might have felt insecurities about our distance, but the strength of our relationship has shown me that we can provide each other space and always come back to one another. We need individual space to grow”
“Today the trees are weightless and I am close behind”, she sings softly, but it’s almost as if it’s the words that are singing her. “Don’t you be surprised if you see us walking on the waves / I am always going to find my way to you”.
‘Cosmic Flower’ offers a series of similes, fusing Luce's passion and inspiration for the vastness of nature with those same feelings in her relationship. "It's a song about longing and missing someone”, Luce says. “After Covid, everybody knows what that feels like".
Yet there’s no desperation in her longing, just the comfort of knowing two people will eventually find their way back across the universe to each other in time; the lush orchestration gently building as it washes over you and pulls you under its spell. It’s profoundly beautiful.
‘Cosmic Flower’ is premiering exclusively on Holler below.
'Cosmic Flower' is the next track to be taken from her forthcoming Garden Songs EP, a collection of songs written on an artist retreat on Orcas Island. Nicknamed the “Gem of the San Juan Islands”, Orcas is a tiny saddlebag shaped island destination of some 57 square miles off the coast of Washington state known for its vistas of water, forest, rocks, beaches and blue skies.
It was the first writing Luce had done since her 2021 album, Dark River. As is frequently the case for her, being in nature helped stimulate her creative mind, and writing in such a picturesque setting helped her focus her attention on the world around her.
Lydia Luce’s Garden Songs EP will be released on June 24th. ‘Cosmic Flower’ is available everywhere from Friday April 8th.