Alexandra Rose is a UK artist who is embarking on her own solo material for the first time. She also plays lead guitarist for alt rock band Honey. Using her time under lockdown wisely, Rose decided to pursue her own solo project. Able to explore her passion for many different music genres freely, has opened up her creativity and inspirations. With plans to write and record new material later this year and to perform live when the opportunity arises, the horizon is rife with new possibilities for the artist. Rose’s debut self-titled EP Alexander Rose EP encompasses her “great passion for all types of ‘60s psychedelia from its early stirrings in folk rock through French pop and culminating in electronically advanced psych.” Rose is a songstress whose passion for ‘60s culture makes for a very stimulating sensory experience on her newest EP.
Alexandra Rose EP starts off with “In The Garden,” where keys, beats and guitars make for a swirl of psychedelic sounds. The music has a very retro-styled vibe, recalling a ‘60s era sound. The sounds of keys and Eastern instrumentation created a psych-filled revelry. The energized percussions in the backdrop added a lively vibe. Filled with tons of colors and flavors, this was a great introduction. What sounds like the sitar gives a very Eastern flair to the overall sounds. On “If I Were A Rose,” more warm tones fill the sounds on this track. The combined vocal harmonies provide a dynamic vibe. I loved the energy of this song. The driven sounds of the guitar feel very welcoming. The percussions that highlights this track dive into a lively approach. Her sound was really reminiscent of The Beatles here.
On “Happy Accident,” electronic riffs made for a dissonant carnivalesque vibe. As her soft vocals enter, Rose creates a semi-tranquil vibe. Jangly guitars make for an energized entrance on the start of “Apres Jeudi.” Entirely sung in French, Rose shouts out her vocals in a happening punk rock vibe. I loved the jaunty energy of this song. This felt like a great, fun-loving anthem to rock out to. The guitar solos were stellar.
With musical interests and influences that include The Byrds, Jacques Dutronc, Love, The Great Society, The Beatles and more contemporary leanings such as Babe Rainbow, King Gizzard and Stonefield, the EP is a varied mix of all of Rose’s inspirations and influences. Feeling very much a part of the counterculture of the ‘60s, this EP revives a past archive in the annals of rock history, keeping the grooves and riffs of another era well and alive in the present while also keeping true to Rose’s spirit and personality in the music. This is music that will make you nostalgic for classic rock while also keeping contemporary fans delighted. Be sure you give this a spin!
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