With a succession of critically adored tracks to her name, the London-based, Devon-born musician Rosie Lowe has emerged as one of the most hotly tipped artists around. Now Lowe is set to captivate her biggest audience to date with the February 19th release of her eagerly anticipated debut album Control.
Released on Dew Process and Universal Music in Australia, Control demonstrates exactly why pioneering artists including Little Simz, The Invisible, Kwabs, Ady Suleiman, Ghostpoet and respected tastemaker Gilles Peterson have all recognised and supported her. It’s an album that breaks loose from the confinement of expected genres – you’ll hear echoes of James Blake, The Weeknd, Laura Mvula and The xx in her original synth-soul soundscapes – and Lowe’s personality is also a pivotal part of the experience.
An emerging feminist icon, Control finds Lowe baring her soul as she explores a wealth of personal issues with devastating honesty. ‘Who’s That Girl?’ addresses the matter of some so-called friends who didn’t help while she was hospitalized, and album track ‘Nicole’ is a plea for Rosie’s best friend to leave a bad relationship.
The brutal realities of love and relationships are also a recurring theme. Recent single ‘Worry About Us’ tackles the complexities of trying to retain a relationship by someone who is plagued by insecurity; ‘I’ll Be Gone’ is an emotional plea to partner to remind her not to flee when the inevitably challenging times emerge; and ‘So Human’ underlines an acceptance that negative emotions are a vital part of the human experience. Yet as articulate and opinionated as Lowe is, she possesses a warmth and a sharp-wit that immediately allows strangers to feel like old pals.
Produced by Lowe with Dave Okumu (Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Kwabs, The Invisible). Previous singles ‘Right Thing’, ‘Who’s That Girl?’ and ‘Worry Bout Us’ all feature alongside a wealth of new material.
The album will be further previewed by the new single ‘Woman’ which is defining statement of the powers of modern feminity: “I find myself obsessing about imperfections that only I can see / And I know it’s such a waste but the pressure is getting to me,” she states, before declaring: “Why should my intellect be judged by perceptions of what I should be?”
Pre-orders are now available for Control from iTunes. All pre-orders will be rewarded with ‘Woman,’ ‘Right Thing,’ ‘Who’s That Girl?’ & ‘Worry Bout Us’ provided as instant grat tracks.
Rosie Lowe grew up in south Devon as the youngest of six siblings. Their father, an accomplished jazz saxophonist, encouraged them to follow creative interests and together they bonded over a shared love of music. For Rosie, a childhood love of jazz set her on a path that would dictate her future. “There’s never been anything else that I’ve wanted to do,” she asserts. “Music wasn’t an option, it was a necessity.”
She soon became enamoured with the leading lights of the female singer-songwriter tradition – Carole King, Erykah Badu and Joni Mitchell to name but a few. She learnt their songs then broke them apart. She analysed their lyrics. She fell in love with the art of songwriting.
It wasn’t until she studied popular music at Goldsmiths, however, that she found her own sound. The breakthrough came when she ditched her instruments and focused on teaching herself production and recording techniques. She was soon approached by management and signed to Domino Publishing. London indie label 37 Adventures soon jumped on board too, and released her critically-adored, four-track debut EP ‘Right Thing’.
‘Woman’ is available now via Dew Process / UMA.
Control is out February 19 via Dew Process / UMA.