WHEN we look back at Scotland’s musical output in 2020, one of the many positives we can take from an otherwise tumultuous year is the arrival of Lizzie Reid. With her arrestingly personal lyrics and sensitively delivered tributes to love, loss and heartbreak, she has created a sound that is strong and vulnerable in equal measurel that offers hope and solace at a time fraught with tension. For this reason, her opening single releases have made for essential listening.

Marking her release in as many months, Reid is seizing our hearts once again with the release of her latest track ‘Always Lovely’.

The single arrives with the announcement of Reid’s debut EP ‘Cubicle’ which is slated for release on 22nd January via Seven Four Seven Six (Matilda Mann, Matt Maltese). The EP will also feature recent single ‘Tribute’ and ‘Seamless’ which have so far racked up plays on BBC 6Music and Phil Taggart’s Chillest Show on Radio 1.

Like those previous songs, ‘Always Lovely’ is breathtaking in its intimacy and striking vulnerability. Delving into the ideas of identity, perfection and worth, her lilting vocals are accompanied by pensive guitar lines which come to life on the more emphatic and rhythmic chorus. It’s another beautifully crafted track delivered with remarkable authenticity.

Of the track, Reid said: “This song is about insecurity. Feeling like you’re not quite up to it. It’s about obsessing with the idea of perfection and worth – whether that be about your physical appearance, your personality or social identity.”

Recorded in her Glasgow home just before lockdown with producer Oli Barton-Wood, the EP is said to explore similar personal themes. She said ““It is really important to me that I got to make something with people I care about and that we created something amazing and genuine”.

Check out ‘Always Lovely’ below.