Arrica Rose & the …’s are a Los Angeles-based collective playing a unique brand of California folk-pop. Drawing inspiration from timeless records made long ago, Rose’s music hints at dream pop, Americana, and vintage rock ‘n‘ roll all dressed up in dreamy vocals and ethereal soundscapes. Arrica Rose coined the name The …’s (say Dot Dot Dots) to describe the collaborative nature of her project which evolved from a guitar-driven quartet into also including Andrew Sisters-esque harmonies, strings, horns, keys and pretty noise.
On September 8th the group will release their new album Low as the Moon on pOprOck Records. The collection of 13 originals nod to the past while sounding thoroughly rooted in the present. No, it doesn’t neatly fit into one specific genre and it’s difficult to draw a direct comparison to any other act, but that’s precisely what has come to define the sound of Arrica Rose. As the songs flow from delicate Americana balladry to rock ‘n’ roll to retro-tinged pop, the dreaminess of the instrumentation, sultry vocals, and artful songwriting allow one track to cohesively weave into the next.
The album has its core sound quality and production courtesy of producer/mixer Dan Garcia. It’s a warmth and fidelity we associate with old records, and the addition of omnichord and ambient synths and textures make Low as the Moon more than a nod to the classics. The album also has a unifying perspective driven by Rose’s imaginative lyrics; lyrics that paint vivid cinematic imagery. Picture the darkness lit by a persistent optimism, a hope that balances the despair and calls into focus the silver-lining.
Today Glide Magazine is premiering “Mostly Blue”, a tune that feels dreamy and soulful with Rose’s honeyed vocals, slinky guitar line and a distant trumpet to add a somber mood. The song, which seems to find the singer declaring herself free of a former lover, seems like something we could picture a classic crooner like Roy Orbison having a ball with. It also gets us excited to hear the rest of the album, which will be filled with retro-tinged tunes that fit perfectly into a dark nightclub setting.
Arrica Rose & the …’s release Low as the Moon September 8th on pOprOck Records. For more music and info visit arricarose.com.