16th May 2014
Rose Niland is a singer-musician-songwriter from Manchester.
Rose Niland’s music reflects her obsession with the production and development of musical ideas in the studio. Her working process involves using a free-flowing ‘stream-of-conciousness’ approach to composing, capturing the freshness of ideas quickly; these captured random moments are chopped up and moulded into songs that Rose brings to life with her spontaneous vocals. Rose’s debut EP,”From Now” is a selection of her songs composed during the last year.
Rose has created a stunning and innovative sound-scape with the four songs in this EP. Mixing traditional musical elements (guitar, bass, drums) with swirling electronica and exceptional multi-layered vocals, this is a breathtakingly good debut. Her approach mirrors to some degree the performance work of Robert Ashley, albeit couched in a dub soaked ambient world. There’s an other worldly quality to her vocals which capture a wide span of emotions and the music weaves seamlessly through the laminal textures of the voices.
Opener “Dominate”, featuring lyrics from Tamra Smith, uses post-rock/punk stylings under a half-whispered rap as Rose colours the sound with vocal improvisation. “Extended” captures a muezzin quality as visceral synth sounds surge around a dub beat – Rose improvises half formed words which remind me of the word play that Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson used on “Einstien On The Beach”. “Greenest Green” is something special indeed – pushed along by an insistent acoustic guitar Rose sings in a unique style and throws in little snippets of laughter in the background – the song evokes the blues, eastern european songs, and chanson all in one heady mixture – almost operatic in its’ complexity. Closer “Love’s Gone Away” builds around a simple bass line through which choir like vocals tastefully interweave, my only concern is that it is far too short. Many kudos to Rose and Mark Corrin for creating a stunning production.
A sensational first offering from a very talented performer.
Rose is planning live gigs to support the release sometime in the summer. Rose is also one of the singers in Una Baines “Poppycock” band.