Rosie Lowe: Control
February 19th 2016 | Wolf Tone / Polydor | Albums
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 Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label via Polydor, ‘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 About 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?”
“An intriguing new talent unafraid to manipulate genre barriers… Rosie Lowe’s songs draw on her varied musical background to create moments of unnerving beauty.”
– The Guardian
“One of the most arresting debuts of the year… what a singer, what a find.”
– The Sunday Times
“If Jessie Ware joined Little Dragon.”
“The soundtrack to your next autumnal walk.”
“A gorgeous return.”
“These deliciously textured songs have depth, mystery and allure to spare.”
- The Daily Mirror
“Thick with emotion and heavy with soul, this classy lament makes for a beguiling solo debut.”
“Beautiful and thrilling.”
“An intelligent, open-hearted ascending star.”
“Rosie Lowe is the British singer about to hit the big time.”