Lindsay West is from all over the place, with a mother from Scotland, and a father from California, she was born in Barcelona, and she’s lived in Edinburgh, London, and Seville, the south of Spain. Wherever she goes, she gathers ideas, and loves learning about the musical traditions of each place she stays. Always mistaken for a pure-blooded American because of her accent, Lindsay wrote the song Night Train to explain her heritage, which sums it all up neatly in a few lines. She is not from one place, but from many, and over the years she has poured her feeling of never being quite rooted, or of searching for the feeling of belonging, into her songs. The sound of these stories has grown out of influences including the soul-bearing honesty of Joni Mitchell, the invention and fantastic melodic hooks of Kate Bush, and the realism and beautiful, plaintive vocals of Neil Young. Although her love for music started with these artists, as well as others who are not so recognisable in her own songs, Lindsay is constantly searching for new music to love, and over the years has gathered inspiration from the likes of female musicians including Cat Power, Feist, Laura Veirs, Sharon Van Etten, Regina Spektor, and My Brightest Diamond, among others.
Lindsay has been writing songs since she was about 14 and formed her first all female band in high school. When she lived in Edinburgh for 5 years as a student she began playing amongst the folk musicians and other songwriters there, and discovered how much fun it is to play and share music live and in a community. Back in London, she formed a duo with a fellow multi-instrumentalist, Dave Millar, to make Love.Stop.Repeat, who have enjoyed success playing festivals across the UK, and who have been supported and encouraged by the likes of the Fence Collective over the years. She also collaborated with the Next Men to create a moody electronica track, ‘Burn’, and with electronic duo the Title Sequence for their single ‘Without a Love’. Lindsay also played for two years in the band Matthew and the Atlas, touring independently and with Mumford and Sons in Europe and the US and signing to Communion Records, before the band dissipated and she settled back into writing her own music. Now living between the UK and the south of Spain, Lindsay is focusing on writing and recording new material.
Lindsay’s music has been played on BBC 6Music, where she has played in a sessions on Cerys Matthews’ show with the Nextmen, and Johnnie Walker’s show with Matthew and the Atlas. She has also played at festivals including Green Man, The Great Escape, Telluride and Bonnaroo, and has been the live support for Daughter, and, with Matthew and the Atlas, Ben Howard and Perfume Genius, as well as Mumford and Sons.
You can hear Lindsay’s self-released album (Cramond Island) and three EPs on Make Your Own Adventure Records (Fall, We Came in from the Sea, No Place) on Soundcloud.
“Lindsay West’s honeydew pipes evoke a young Joni Mitchell. She’s little short of a revelation.” Rick Martin, NME
“Lindsay West turns in a sweet-yet-earthy vocal… utterly captivating.” Lou Thomas, BBC Music
“Hauntingly pretty vocals” Katy Balls, The List