Since releasing her sophomore outing Here The Blue River via Thirty Tigers/Little Bliss, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, film director and producer Haroula Rose has been garnering attention of listeners far and wide with her charming indie folk. This time around, Rose collaborated with Jim White, the southern gothic multi-hyphenate, Zac Rae (“sonic whiz” currently touring with Death Cab for Cutie, and who has collaborated with the likes of Alanis Morissette, Gnarls Barkley, Fiona Apple, My Brightest Diamond, Sara Lov, Pedestrian and countless others), and Luke Top (Fool’s Gold, Cass McCombs). “This album took a while not only because I was working on films but also because I was trying to figure out what story I want to tell,” Rose explains, “what’s most important to me, and how to do that with more dynamic arrangements.”
The album heralds a sound that has evolved from the traditional acoustic folk of her debut These Open Roads into more developed, full arrangements. The album title is a phrase from an Emerson poem entitled “The River” that encapsulates the theme: nothing lasts forever. “This is definitely a relationship record,” states Haroula. “It’s about how our relationships are also about how we relate to ourselves, to nature, how we are alienated from it, how we seek to understand these mysteries that surround us….how as human beings we create and we destroy things.”
The opening track “Songbird” harkens back to Fleetwood Mac’s early days, the chorus echoing the refrain “who was gonna take care of you/who was going to care for you?” and its reprise in a haunting improvised final track are bookends, questioning how if we don’t take care of ourselves, our world, then who is? In a decidedly different spin, Haroula Rose has teamed up with Kyp Malone, best known as the multi-instrumentalist and singer of TV On The Radio, for a special remix of “Songbird”, and today we are excited to give you an exclusive listen to the track right here on
Haroula Rose’s Kyp Malone-remixed “Songbird” is being released via download on September 30th. For more information check out haroularose.com.