London-based singer/multi-instrumentalist TV Room unveils her second single ‘Pretend’, a nostalgic and confessional offering, out now via Sad Club Records.
The moniker of Deep Tan’s drummer Lucy Rushton, TV Room is her solo venture into an intimate musical world. Channelling the spirits of Adrianne Lenker, Cat Le Bon and, surprisingly, Bonnie Raitt, ‘Pretend’ is a melancholy ode to the final stages of a failing relationship.
“This song is about being strung along in a relationship” Lucy explains. “The strange hollowness that comes from going through all the familiar motions with that person - holding them, kissing them, having them tell you that they love you - and knowing that they don’t mean it.”
Inspired lyrically by Bonnie Raitt’s early 90’s country rock classic ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me”, the song is a message to listeners to always remember their worth in a relationship and if you feel alone even when you’re with someone then something needs to change.
‘Pretend’ follows TV Room’s debut single, ‘Balcony’ a “soft-boy queer anthem” anti-breakup ballad which found fans in BBC Radio 1 & 6, Soho Radio, as well as Get In Her Ears, Various Small Flames and Indie Midlands.
TV Room echoes the ethereal lyricism of Alice Phoebe Lou, as well as the understated instrumentation of Soccer Mommy, creating an instantly endearing lo-fi track. She also takes cues from the deadpan humour and punkish attitude of Courtney Barnett, one of her all-time heroes.
Growing up in a small town near Manchester, Lucy used music as her route out of the town. Buying a £20 guitar from cash converters when she was 15, Lucy developed her amp-less sound on the landing of her parents’ home. Studying Popular Music at Goldsmiths University, she developed her sound amongst a scene of like-minded musicians. Lucy has played in a multitude of bands, not least Deep Tan and Buggs, touring with the likes of Yard Act, Nation of Language, Bodega and The Big Moon.