Louise Rutkowski | Diary of a Lost Girl

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Diary of a Lost Girl

by Louise Rutkowski

Former This Mortal Coil vocalist's elegant and cinematic solo album, which has drawn comparisons to The Blue Nile and Kate Bush by critics.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Mearns
1:13 album only
2. Remember
3:30 album only
3. Bedtime Story
4:17 album only
4. Mimi
4:30 album only
5. Help Me
4:55 album only
6. Rhoda
4:47 album only
7. Float
6:14 album only
8. Valentine
3:58 album only
9. It's Time
4:04 album only
10. Who Are They?
3:42 album only
11. The Passing
3:52 album only
12. High
3:55 album only
13. Jigsaw
4:29 album only


Album Notes
“Immaculately produced…elegantly accomplished..” The Scotsman
“A gorgeous and simple album that highlights her powerful voice.” Daily Express

Former This Mortal Coil and The Hope Blister vocalist Louise Rutkowski releases “Diary of a Lost Girl”; her first solo album, and the product of a writing partnership with Irvin Duguid. Funded through direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic, “Diary of a Lost Girl” has been described by its supporters as, “A truly haunting and beautiful album”, “Beautiful, stirring, and alive with emotion”, and “Pure poetic, lovelorn angst at its best”. Produced by Irvin Duguid, it includes mixes by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), and Steve Orchard (Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Cornell), and marks a return to the writing of original material by Louise since her music career began with the soul-influenced band Sunset Gun, signed to CBS Records in the 1980s.

In the early 90s, Louise worked with acclaimed film composer Craig Armstrong OBE (Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, NEDS), releasing the album ‘Hope’ in the US with Interscope Records, under the name The Kindness of Strangers. Based in London until 2005, she returned to her home town of Glasgow, where she was introduced to musician Irvin Duguid and was struck by the wealth of delicate and beautiful fragments of music that he had written and stored away. Work began, with Louise providing lyrics and co-writing melodies, until the loss of her mother, Mimi, in September 2007, and work ceased for several years. “‘Diary of Lost Girl’ in some respects picks up where ‘Diva’ by Annie Lennox left off, but leans more towards the introspection and atmosphere of The Blue Nile and Canadian songstress Mary Margaret O’Hara, whose album ‘Miss America’ is a major influence, as is Kate Bush” said Louise Rutkowski.”

Most definitely music for grown-ups, “Diary of a Lost Girl” covers subjects ranging from obsession, infidelity, and trying to survive in an increasingly confused and confusing world. It has light and shade, however, as it also celebrates love and the pleasures gained from being still and appreciating the simpler things in life.

Louise says, “The album reflects my own personal journey in writing again after many years. For the first time I have a body of work that truly reflects who I am as a person and as a musician. When I began writing with Irvin Duguid we had no fixed idea of where we were going musically, or even if it would result in anything as tangible as an album!”

For Rutkowski in particular, “Diary of a Lost Girl” marks the achievement of a growing vision throughout the writing process of what type of artist she could be, given the right circumstances and collaborator. She says, “Through the writing I can also now start to realise other creative ambitions for its visual identity, as is reflected in the cover design and in how the music will be staged live; by drawing on my long-term influences, such as Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, and theatre productions in general.”

This new music will re-establish Louise Rutkowski as the voice of choice for those who have room for music in their collection that suits those more melancholy, introspective, and reflective moments.



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