Fifteen For 2015 #13 - Oh, Rose


I only realised last week that I hadn't written about Oh, Rose previously. I thought I had so I can only apologise for this belated post. Coming to my attention through the blog I've probably discovered the most new bands from this year, aside from self-discovery, Gold Flake Paint back in April and compelling me to promptly order their now sold-out tape EP That Do Now See, Washington's Oh, Rose specialise in raw, foggy folk-rock that instantly (and apparently to the disdain of Olivia Rose herself) recalls the intensity and brilliance of Angel Olsen. It should be a compliment, both individual in voice and style but the comparison comes from the way they both convey emotion and immense breadth, captivating the listener throughout, be it dreamy bliss, hauntingly yodeling or nonchalantly hushed heartbreak. 

The opening track from that EP "Prom" lets you know what Oh, Rose are about, drawing you instantly into their world with a rough around the edges beast, moody and magical, big riffs and compelling in terms of lyrical and musical character. "Out of Sight" is a softer thing of beauty with floating acoustic gliding Olivia's drawling, transfixing vocal yet my favourite is possibly the title track "That Do Now See", it simply hits you for six with a raw, bluesy riff that recalls the atmosphere and intensity of She Keep Bees . It's the sort of introduction that as a music blogger you live for, sensational.

The more recent "Lottery" is an all out, high energy rocker with fuzzed up riffs and gnarling vocals, it's equally great. What will 2015 bring? I have no idea but Oh, Rose is one band you simply must be following.