Produced by Sturgill Simpson
On her sophomore album Deluxe Hotel Room, indie-pop artist Lucette turns her title phrase into a metaphor for experiences both highly specific and widely familiar: fleeting romance, emotional displacement, isolation, the gulf between the presumed glamour of the artist’s life and the reality of getting by.
Produced by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, Deluxe Hotel Room unfolds in endlessly contrasting layers of feeling. “A lot of joy and a lot of pain has happened for me in hotel rooms,” says the Canadian artist otherwise known as Lauren Gillis. “I’ve stayed in hotel rooms I’d never be able to afford myself and, unfortunately, I’ve been put in extremely uncomfortable situations in hotel rooms.”
In keeping with a refusal to self-restrain, Lucette assembled a purposely iconoclastic sonic palette for the album. “A lot of the songs are very traditional in their roots, but Sturgill and I had this idea of producing them in a more pop-leaning way,” says Lucette, who grew up on ABBA and names Rihanna among her main inspirations. “There’s only one or two guitar tracks on the whole record, and instead of putting banjos or pedal steel all over the place, we did it up in a way that felt a lot more genuine to my upbringing and character.”