Rosie Folks is an artist who released a seven-song EP called Mobile Phone. It’s a very well produced rock EP that contains songs that are just about perfect for summer time and taking a joy ride.
Folks has something in her voice that feels tailor made for punk and rock. There is a loose, vibrant vibe when she sings and you get the impression that is she is not only having fun but feels liberated. It’s hard to fully explain but her vocals are the elements which makes Mobile Phone such as enjoyable EP from beginning to end.
The EP starts off with the title track which is revolves around clean guitars, drums, bass and vocals. It’s extremely catchy and has some notable vocal harmonies. She sings “Baby when you’re all alone / Call me on your mobile.” I was addicted to the chorus. It’s definitely something you will play on repeat and sing in the shower.
Next up is “Dehydrated” which is another success. You can trace back the sound of this song to some pop punk bands that came out during the ’70s and ’80s. The song is a little over two minutes and Folks manages to pack it with hooks and memorable melodies. In typical punk rock fashion the song deals with a very pragmatic issues - drinking and becoming dehydrated. I think I will take her advice and drink water while consuming booze.
Folks continues to show her songwriting chops as the album progresses. “Friend Like You”, “Turn It Up” and “Bored In A Small Town” are all well written songs that could easily pass for a single. She closes with “Green Light” which has more distortion than the songs that came before.
Sometimes you just need to right elements to come together to make a collection of songs work and that's what you have with Mobile Phone. The songs are simple but the stellar production combined with her vocal delivery and songwriting create something here that is more enjoyable than the sum of its parts.
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