ROSE DROLL: HUSH | REVIEW

– THE QUIET RIOT –

Did I include this track because the bit at the end makes me laugh every time? Possibly, I did.

Is that the only reason? Absolutely not.

But is that two-to-three-second moment a perfect encapsulation of this musician’s attitude, energy, creativity and cool, and therefore worthy of bringing absolutely to the fore of a review? Well, I think you know the answer.

The Google dictionary definition of “droll” is something that is “curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement” and, while I have no evidence to prove it (literally nowhere on the internet is the subject even broached, let alone challenged), I’m guessing it must be a stage name given that the description is so fitting of Ms. Rose’s music.

Hush is the perfect example. A mixed-bag, hodge-podge of inspirations and instinctive movements that are thrown together so nonchalantly, the kitchen sink is bracing itself.

One minute we’re hearing ‘this little light of mine’, the next ‘ring around the rosies’ and in-between, jazz bass lines, symphonic piano parts and percussion / electronics fizzing around the edges.

Strangely, though, the vibe is not a crazy, weird one. It’s actually got its own kind of chill about it.

Until the ‘easter egg’ at the end comes to wake us from the dream, that is (and since I haven’t told you what it is you’ve got to go and listen to it now!)Hush comes from the album Your Dog which is out now.

MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX

GODTET: COMEDY
TYLER, THE CREATOR: WHAT’S GOOD
EABS FEAT. TENDERLONIOUS: PRZYWITANIE SŁOŃCA
HACKNEY COLLIARY BAND FEAT. ANGELIQUE KIDJO & ROUNDHOUSE CHOIR: MM MM

P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.

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– SV –