TREMORS// Lucinda Chua's mesmeric debut album marks a new beginning

Amidst the still and inwardness of the pandemic, artist, cellist and multi-instrumentalist Lucinda Chua found herself faced with a familiar feeling of something missing that had been with her for as long as she could remember. Growing up in Milton Keynes as the daughter of an English mother and Chinese-Malaysian father, Chua had learned to understand the world, and herself, through the lens of either belonging or not belonging, of either being whole and or being incomplete. “I felt caught betwee

Gracie Abrams: "I've said goodbye to versions of myself I no longer recognise"

Gracie Abrams talks to you like you’re a friend. She’s Zooming with The Forty-Five from her bed this morning, chatting away with all the comfort and candour of a catch-up on FaceTime. “I’m at home in LA for the next 48 hours before leaving for the year, basically”, she shares, lying on her side in a cosy hoodie. “I’m just trying to soak up these last few days.”

This time at home is a rare moment of stillness for the singer-songwriter, whose career has rocketed to new heights in the last two yea

Gracie Abrams – 'Good Riddance': a bold exploration of the difficult side of introspection

Gracie Abrams spends the first three minutes of her debut album, ‘Good Riddance’, apologising. “I was so negligent / I feel terrible about how I handled it”, she sings on album opener, ‘Best’.

It’s a complicated apology – regretful and unfeigned, tinged with culpability and self-hatred. “I destroyed every silver lining you had in your head / All of your feelings, I played with them”, she admits.

Starting off ‘Good Riddance’ with an apology sets the tone for the rest of the record, which takes
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