Rosalie Cunningham: Self-titled solo album review
This album opens with heavy fuzz guitar, making sure you're paying attention, before Rosalie's vocals kick in.
The English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was previously in band Purson.
Vocally, she reminds me of Kate Bush. Her tracks have plenty of edge and drama, spanning different genres, as Rosalie's voice commands you to listen.
Besides the dynamic guitars, are 'jazz bar' and classical piano parts, Wurlitzer organs and more.
Her music is promoted as having a theatrical element, with the basis rooted in ‘60s and ‘70s rock such as the likes of Cream, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull.
In other tracks, you might agree there is a 'psychedelic haze' such as in ‘Ride On My Bike’ and ‘Riddles and Games’.
The album was recorded in three different studios, using mostly analogue equipment, and Rosalie said: “The approach I started with was very modern, at a high-end digital studio. I soon realised it wasn’t for me and went right back to basics.
"I took it home, stripped it right down, experimenting with tape machine tricks, running mics down corridors and using radio broadcasting mics to get the guitar sound.
"After that I went to Gizzard, an analogue studio I’ve worked in before, for the final mix; all of which was done live. Being able to take time over arrangements without pressure meant that everything felt right, without being contrived.”
Rosalie’s headline tour travels across the UK from July and the album is out on July 5.
23.07 Railway Hotel, Southend
24.07 Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
25.07 The Musician, Leicester
26.07 The Fulford Arms, York
27.07 Night People, Manchester
30.07 Eleven, Stoke-On-Trent
01.08 The Fleece, Bristol
02.08 The Railway Inn, Winchester
03.08 The Lexington, London
Reviewed by Zoe Myall
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