Ander Lucia
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**originally in French, translated by the author CHRISTOPHE DUFEU.


Sometimes, music is so simple : a voice, an instrument, a melody and bingo, here we are! We've been caught 50 times, maybe hundreds with Dylan, Cohen or more recently Emily Jane White, The Sleeping Years or Chris Garneau. Ander Lucia plays some small and smart songs, accompanying himself mainly with a piano (sometimes with a ukulele). Songs that do not try to show off, but that have a kind of "melodic obviousness", very far from the arrogant, and sometimes tiring, indie behaviour. Obviously, the American singer does not try to be in the margins, but, as someone like Randy Newman does, gets the point with songs such as "Sweet Mistery", "You See Me" or "One Man Circus". And, even if Ander Lucia does not have the same causticity as the singer of "Baltimore", he shares with him a certain sense of humour in both his voice and his lyrics. It's only after listening a few times this very enjoyable 6-tracks CD that I have discovered that this young man was really... very young. But in regards to the maturity of the songwriting of "The Other Side", we can say we can expect some new and good surprises soon. A (short) EP full of promises. - POPnews


Discography

SMART PEOPLE - LP (2010)
THE OTHER SIDE - EP (2008)

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Ander Lucia is a young, independent singer-songwriter from a small surf town off the central coast of California. He has played piano all his life, but began picking up the ukulele and writing his own music at age thirteen. After only a year of songwriting, he recorded and produced his debut album (The Other Side) independently at a local studio in Santa Cruz, CA at age fourteen. The album consists mostly of light, piano-based tracks.

Lucia’s live show is known for its quirky, upbeat sense of humor, as he interacts with the audience during his set. As French webzine, POPnews, says, “He [has] a certain sense of humor in both his voice and his lyrics.” Ander, now fifteen, continuously keeps the atmosphere fresh and enjoyable, which may be the reason for his wide variety and (quickly growing) range of fans.

Ander’s second album will begin production in the summer of 2009, with a planned release of early 2010. He will record at Gadgetbox Studios in Santa Cruz, CA, co-producing this sophomore album with Andy Zanczak. The record will have a “fuller sound” says Ander, featuring drums, cello, and guitar along with the usual piano and ukulele.

Ander will be touring the west coast this summer, and then putting all of his musical efforts into working on the record during the later months of this year. “I love all aspects of being a singer-songwriter,” says Ander. “I love to play my shows and interact with audiences, but it’s also nice to be able to hide away in a studio and get what I hear in my head, down on tape. It truly is the best feeling when you make something come to life—something that has never been there before.”