Last Saturday, the art felicis team missed out on tickets to Elizabeth Rose’s sold out show at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne. S’all good because Elizabeth Rose herself has very kindly given us a (signed!) copy of her self-titled, sophomore EP to make up for it!
Released in January this year, the five-track EP features singles “The Good Life” and “Sensibility”, and is a heavenly concoction of electro-pop goodness, with a faint taste of late 90s/early 00s R&B peppered through.
Elizabeth Rose is a bit of a departure from her debut EP, Crystallise, released in October 2012. Though her signature sultry voice and electronic production are still present, Elizabeth Rose is synth-heavy and textured with hazy vocals, rich melodies and percussion samples.
Though the tracks flow from one to the next, each song has a distinct character. “Out Of Step” has a slow house groove, while “Is It Love?” channels astral transcendence. Inspired by a fizzling relationship, “Sensibility” is a soulful and seductive layered track, and “Only Me” featuring VCS (Vinay Seeth), is a gorgeous blend of background beats and a shimmery melody.
As a 20-something-year-old however, “The Good Life”, which is about wanting to move out of home, is melodically and lyrically my favourite. The track seems to articulate the concerns that we face moving into adulthood, our perceptions of success, independence and happiness, and our eagerness to start living. Elizabeth Rose is a burgeoning talent and definitely one to watch out for in 2014.
The Sydneysider is in the midst of her Aussie tour with Safia and Fishing. She’s performing in Canberra, Adelaide, Maroochydore, Newcastle, Sydney, Perth and Fremantle in the coming weeks, so click here to secure your ticket!
Hometown: Sydney, Australia.
Latest EP: Elizabeth Rose, released 17 January 2014.
Sounds like: AlunaGeorge, Björk, and Kimbra.
Say what? Elizabeth Maniscalco (her non-stage name), hates “So You Think You Can Dance?”, despite having a background in ballet, tap, and hip-hop. “They’re just crap. I prefer to watch clips on YouTube of hip-hop crews from overseas. That’s more interesting to me,” she stated, in an interview with the AU review.
Ciao ciao, Arianna