The market for beguiling R ‘n B songstresses who work on the fringes of dark and sparse electronica is definitely saturated at the moment. You may now quietly file Rosie Lowe into your playlists that are already filled with songs by the likes of FKA Twigs, Kelela and Banks.
‘Me & Your Ghost’ is the first single off her debut EP and its marked by her full-blooded contralto voice that is just as devastating being restrained, as it would be being belted out. However, the story of this song is the production. For her EP she has assembled two of the most exciting British producers in the partnership of Kwes and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu (who lent similar wizardry to Jessie Ware’s excellent debut).
What they do over the song is place Rosie Lowe’s voice in a gathering storm of twitches, stop-start drumbeats and oozing feedback. The minimalist trickery makes the song work like a dark impending wave that crests and crashes as the beat seems to come together, disintegrate and reform – multiple times – over the course of its heady and immersive four minutes. It’s a little slice of pop future, and one that couldn’t come any sooner.
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