Rosie Lowe announces UK tour for 2016

Posted on 15 December 2015
By Khyle Deen
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Having already earned glowing comparisons with artists as diverse as James Blake, The Weeknd, Laura Mvula, and The XX following critically acclaimed tracks such as ‘Right Thing’, ‘Water Came Down’, ‘How’d You Like It’ and ‘Who’s That Girl?’, the London-based, Devon-born musician Rosie Lowe’s next step comes with the release of her new single ‘Worry Bout Us’. ‘Worry Bout Us’ is set to feature on Lowe’s eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Control’ that will be released next February on Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label, via Polydor.

After her previous work with The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, Rosie Lowe has again found an inspired choice of a collaborator in the shape of producer and Ninja Tune artist Machinedrum. The result is that ‘Worry Bout Us’ is a hazy daydream of melancholy pop, with a piano-based melody leading a soundscape of pulsing waves of bass and skittering beats. At the foreground stands Lowe’s beautifully alluring vocal delivery.

“’Worry About Us’ is a song about trying to maintain a relationship with someone who is plagued by jealousy and insecurity,” she says. “Unfortunately, the inevitable complexity of relationships means that it’s rarely as easy as simply reassuring someone.”

The single has been previewed by the Machinedrum Dance Floor Edit which earned substantial radio support courtesy of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, B. Traits, Phil Taggart and Toddla T. The accompanying video is focused on Lowe’s performance and minimalist choreography, with both her movement and her body subverted into unexpected shapes by visual effects. Such flair makes the video the perfect complement to the track’s esoteric style.

Lowe is currently producing ‘Control’ with Dave Okumu (Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Kwabs, The Invisible). In addition to her inimitable vocal delivery, the album is also set to highlight Lowe’s skills as a pianist too.

Rosie Lowe grew up in south Devon as the youngest of six siblings. Their father, an accomplished jazz saxophonist, encouraged them to follow creative interests and together they bonded over a shared love of music. For Rosie, a childhood love of jazz set her on a path that would dictate her future. “There’s never been anything else that I’ve wanted to do,” she asserts. “Music wasn’t an option, it was a necessity.”
She soon became enamoured with the leading lights of the female singer-songwriter tradition – Carole King, Erykah Badu and Joni Mitchell to name but a few. She learnt their songs then broke them apart. She analysed their lyrics. She fell in love with the art of songwriting.
It wasn’t until she studied popular music at Goldsmiths, however, that she found her own sound. The breakthrough came when she ditched her instruments and focused on teaching herself production and recording techniques. She was soon approached by management and signed to Domino Publishing. London indie label 37 Adventures soon jumped on board too, and released her critically-adored, four-track debut EP ‘Right Thing’.

Lowe’s personality is a central part of who she is as a musician: she writes with crushing honesty about issues within her life – ‘Who’s That Girl?’ addressed the matter of some so-called friends who didn’t help while she was hospitalized, and album track ‘Nicole’ is a plea for Rosie’s best friend to leave a bad relationship. And yet as articulate and opinionated as she is, she possesses a warmth and a sharp-wit that immediately allows strangers to feel like old pals.

Earlier this year, Rosie Lowe played a beguiling set within the beautiful surroundings of the St. Pancras Old Church. London In Stereo described it as “an incredibly atmospheric and enchanting performance… Lowe stands as a preacher in the centre of the stage, demanding the attention of every eye in the room.” She recently announced her full debut tour, scheduled as below, which will coincide with the release of the ‘Control’ album:

February UK Tour
18th – Glasgow, Broadcast
19th – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
20th – Leeds, Headrow House
24th – Brighton, The Hope and Ruin
25th – London, Oslo
26th – Bristol, Louisiana

Tickets available here