Lotte Mullan

Lotte Mullan

Lotte Mullan

Songlover. I live in London and like Country music a lot. Can also be found writing & singing & travelling.
Lotte Mullan releases Band of Horses produced album ‘Love’s Bonfire’

Recorded with Band of Horses in their Nashville studio, ‘Love’s Bonfire’ is a gritty blend of alt-country and British Indie chronicling the "emotional seasons" of a relationship says Mullan.

Mullan has a darker take on Country music than most Nashville inspired UK acts, with a storytelling style that’s more Willie Nelson than Dolly Parton. ‘Love’s Bonfire’ explores “the shadow side of love” says Mullan and is a decidedly bolder step than 2012’s Plain Jane, the debut that Mullan serviced to the press herself receiving a significant level of critical acclaim. She turned down a major label deal with Warners and instead set up her own label, Raindog Records, with funds from a deal with Elton John’s Rocket Pictures who optioned the rights to a blog she was writing about her misadventures in the music business.

Mullan went to Nashville armed with songs and hoped recording with “a hairy rock band” band would help her “paint with bolder colours and avoid the usual singer-songwriter sound”. She found her obsession with Country music being met with the American Rockers love of The Smiths which resulted in a sound she describes as “a Trans-Atlantic mash-up". Mullan’s spooky layered vocals mixed with atmospheric distortion, pedal steel and picked guitar makes for a unique sound. There are hints of folk rock on the scathing ‘Jonathan’ about a man who “holds his crotch like a crucifix” and ‘I'm still here’ details the subtle agony of keeping romance alive in the twilight years of a relationship.

The first single ‘I Hope It Breaks Your Heart’ immediately trended on soundcloud with over 80k plays and this track, alongside ‘Bad For Me’ has the biggest balls on the record exploring themes of romantic masochism, addiction, and revenge.  While ‘Dear Elvis’ skips along on the surface it is, at it’s heart, one of the darkest songs on the record. It’s sung from the perspective of a child in the 1950’s whose Dad is a bully so he writes to Elvis for help because “mother she stops crying, when you’re on the radio”.

It’s the closing track ‘You Must Have Loved Him Once’ where Mullan gets most personal, revealing that she wrote this song about her parents “after going through some pretty heavy therapy”.  Love’s Bonfire is a raw and incisive offering from an undeniably powerful singer and songwriter. We hope it breaks your heart. 

‘Love’s Bonfire’ is released 9TH March 2015 on Raindog Records via Absolute.

"Sublime, haunting and beautiful" BBC 6 Music
"Say hi to Suffolk’s Joni Mitchell" Q
"Exquisite" Guardian
"She cuts through the ostentatious eccentricities of other female artists currently dominating the charts" Independent on Sunday
"Gorgeous song-craft....goes straight to the heart"
songwriting, music performance

Recent Submissions

Lotte Mullan submitted media.

I'm Still Here by Lotte Mullan

Kimberley-Marie Sklinar

Interesting choice to have the vocal open with no intro - really strong yet gentle, and above all - beautiful. I love how we can hear the intonation in your voice. For me, the lyrical content is nothing new but I love the approach of the subject matter at hand. The chorus/build/guitar is divine and I never saw that coming - but I love it. And I bet when you play live, the whole room falls silent, hanging on your every word - surprised by the raw power of the chorus. Really, well done, this is a really strong track and I hope people listen long enough to hear its full scale. Thank you for submitting this to me.

Sean Adams

Thanks for sending. I quite like this. We tend to only review albums that come in 6 weeks ahead of release but trying sending it to and  who I think might be into your stuff. Possibly  too. Would be curious to hear the album, can you send a download link to ? Many thanks. And congrats on hooking up with Elton John (I'd put that front and centre!)

Kami Knake

This is a great song! I'm now following you on SoundCloud and will check you out on Spotify. Look forward to hearing more!