Sunday Suggestion – Rose Elinor Dougall – Find Me Out

Rewind back to 2010 and you’d find a far more shy and awkward version of myself with a faithful Beatles haircut and enough emotional baggage to last a life time. Without sounding too cliché; my home at the time was not a safe haven to relax in, but a living nightmare. It had been that way for about a year and little did I know, it would be that way for a couple more. Aside from my friends (who I decided not to pull down with my baggage for a long while) and the mainstays of my life like F1 and other things, music had become a welcome escape and one I completely immersed myself in. At first I rewound back into times I had no connection to and found the likes of The Beatles, The Clash, Bowie, Simon & Garfunkel… all which were the best distractions I could have ever had. However, discovering music from the present was a little more refreshing and engaging for me and one of those was Rose Dougall. Aside from immediately falling into one of those dazed, teenage crushes with her, her music provided that little glimmer of hope or common ground in a little over three minutes. Plans of escape I made while listening to her Without Why album are fast becoming plans for the rest of my life. One song which appealed to me massively was ‘Find Me Out’. It had a musical feel and mood to match my own outlook at the time and everything from the title to the lyrics seemed to speak of my situation. The song opens with a forlorn and distant whistle along with equally fading synths before continuing with wiry and reassuring violin sounds and a simple snare drum and brush glaze. It would be easy to listen to a song that would allow you to vent your anger with an angry and snarling vocal, but I always went for Rose’s easy, breathy and intimate method on this track. The music and vocals of such a wonderfully simple and swooning track are offset by lyrics such as ‘My liver, my lungs, my arteries and my cerebral faculties are corroded’ which produced that clear and very present pain and draining feeling I had myself. It was more of a soothing track for me which got me through many a busy day at school knowing the frustrations that lay at home, but also one that sort of helped me deal with my situation at the time and simply get on with it. Her music has grown much more advanced and has new dimensions which I enjoy just as much if not more, yet songs like this while simple, still have a real connection for me.

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Single Review – Boxed In – All Your Love Is Gone

Boxed In is a new project from singer/songwriter Oli Bayston from London. Dealing in the electronic, psychedelic and free-flowing sort of music, he’s a name you might have seen me mention before as a contributor to Rose Dougall’s fantastical ‘Strange Warnings’ which he helped write with Rose. The first material from Boxed In comes in the form of a 7″ vinyl and downloadable single entitled ‘All Your Love Is Gone’. It begin with a rapid piano which ushers in a step by step build up of elements that’s almost done in order of tone with the piano, percussion, vocals than bass. Witnessing each layer being applied really gives the song texture in how you’re aware of each element that’s making up the song. The bass really kicks up a rhythm and groove while the slow whirring of the synths create space for all the elements to breathe and expand. The distorted riffs and crashing cymbals all come in to up the urgency but the bass rhythm from the bass line and piano remains regardless. His vocals too, have plenty of depth and room for manoeuvre when the song shifts up a gear. All while remaining stable and settled. A great song and someone you should keep an eye on in the future.