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Lucia-Maria Popescu

Arguably Romania’s first Youtube sensation, Lucia had her breakthrough in 2012 with the single „Silence” – which brought her over 27 million views and legions of fans worldwide. Signed to leading independent label Global Records the same year, she went on to explore a modern indie-pop sound, carving a niche of her own and releasing her debut album „Silence” in 2015.
Lucia’s anticipated second album, „Samsara”, released in 2018, establishes itself as a meditation on the nature of death and the cycles of rebirth, all seen from different perspectives. However, what could be a heavy motif for an indie / art-pop music album is approached in a way that is never obscure or heavy-handed.
Through her soft, fragile vocals, as well as her heartfelt lyrics, Lucia manage to convey universal questions and experiences, making „Samsara” a tremendously relatable journey. If you add the tasteful arrangements to the mix, with lush piano melodies, elegant strings and daring electro beats, you get a most relevant contemporary pop release, worthy of sitting next to Birdy, Aurora or Regina Spektor on the shelves of music enthusiasts worldwide.
Her new EP, “IMMERSIA”, is a pandemic baby, born because of the band’s need to reconnect with their audience through a release that would make people feel closer to them than ever. Throughout the five songs, each with its own sonic identity, Lucia explores a diversity of soundscapes and moods, varying from the quirky, bass-heavy “Simple” to the upbeat and electronica-infused “Who”, from the alt-indie rocker “Rogue” to the raw and frail “Backseat”. “All of the Worlds” is arguably the crown jewel here, unapologetically experimental, with instruments playing sounds that they shouldn’t (an acoustic guitar used as a double bass, for example), pounding percussion work and glitched-out synth craziness. A live session of the whole EP was also filmed, in the pristine nature setting of a natural forest park – it’s available on Lucia’s YouTube channel.
Live, Lucia performs in a band format, with the bass guitar, drums, keys and occasional cello offering an expressive framework for interpreting her compositions. She already played local festivals such as Summer Well (2012), Untold (2018) and Electric Castle (2021) and has also opened for international acts such as Asaf Avidan (2016) and most recently Kimbra (2019).