Kemp, Rose

Unholy Majesty [Pop]

RELEASE: 26.09.2008

LABEL: One Little Indian

VERTRIEB: Rough Trade


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On the 1st of September, Rose Kemp will release her new album “Unholy Majesty” through One Little Indian Records. The album was produced and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters/Amplifier/Biffy Clyro.)
A download single will precede the album release entitled “Nanny’s World” on June 30th.

Rose’s unique powerful vocal is sometimes operatic, sometimes fierce but equally haunting, her musical style is extremely difficult to categorize, folk-esque /heavy rock has previously been cited but doesn’t really sum up this exceptional album. Woven together with multi hook harmonies and quality instrumentation, this album slowly buries itself under your skin. Lyrically the songs are compelling and their content somewhat mysterious but backed up with heavy rock guitars, oversized drums, old synths and organs, they are infectious and thought provoking. Rose’s influences are numerous but include the classic rock of Black Sabbath, alternative rock legends The Melvins and drone artists such as Earth and Om. She is also influenced by classic Black Metal, Doom and 70’s prog right through to timeless songwriters including Kate Bush and Tom Waits, amongst many others.

Part of folk-rock heritage, Rose is the daughter of Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp from seminal, Pioneering British band Steeleye Span. As a young teenager she sang and toured and occasionally wrote with her parents various different projects including Steeleye Span (who still gig today), and her life on the road began when she was knee-high, accompanying her parents on tour. Her first recorded & writing contributions were on 2002’s a cappella folk album ‘Bib And Tuck’ by Maddy Prior And The Girls, released on Park Records. The same record label released Rose’s debut solo album ‘Glance’ the following year, before she hit the road with The Oyster Band and Eliza Carthy among others. But Rose was ready to find her own way and continue to branch out of the tradition, trading her acoustic guitar for an electric guitar, taking her in the rock direction we hear today.

Based in Bristol, Rose comes from a burgeoning Bristol underground DIY scene. Common themes of the DIY scene are artists who are financially self-sufficient thanks to touring. Originally the province of American anti-folk acts – Kimya Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis, to name two – DIY touring reached our shores last year, with artists increasingly spreading the word through the internet, and keeping costs down with the help of enthusiastic fans prepared to promote gigs themselves and give accommodation to touring artists.

Rose has been working on many collaborations and various side projects as ever. Having recently supported Oceansize and Amplifier, a full tour throughout the UK and Europe will take place in September, dates will be announced shortly.

1. Dirt Glow
2. Flawless
3. Nanny's World
4. Saturday Night
5. Wholeness Sounds
6. Milkey White
7. Bitter And Sweet
8. Nature's Hymn
9. Vacancies
10. The Unholy

(Quelle: One Little Indian, 2008)


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