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"Right Thing EP"

Release date: 02 December 2013
Rosie Lowe – Right Thing EP
28 November 2013, 09:30 Written by Rachel Bolland

When she featured in their regular New Band of the Day column, the Guardian compared Rosie Lowe to the likes of Jessie Ware and Jessy Lanza. While these aren’t unfair comparisons, Lowe’s new EP has significantly more in common with Solange Knowles’ much-lauded mini-album True than it does with Ware’s debut. Lowe’s style is much more disjointed, a feature that is hugely reminiscent of Dev Hynes’ footprint on the younger Knowles sister’s work, and it makes for a highly intriguing listen.

The EP’s title track and opener is by far its strongest song. It starts off slowly, with a quiet piano ballad feel and an eerie vocal before introducing a strong but irregular drum beat. Lyrically it’s a painful, cutting account of a failed relationship, its chorus of “Thought I made the right choice, then you came, am I to blame?”, providing just one incredibly sad but beautiful moment in a sad but beautiful song.

The rest of the record mightn’t be as instantly gratifying, but after a few listens it soon becomes clear that each tune has its own merits (once you get past the fact you’re not listening to “Right Thing” anymore). “10k Balloons” makes up for a slightly grating verse with an absolutely sumptuous, swoon-worth chorus, which contrasts a gorgeous swooping vocal with staccato percussion and synths. Indeed, the marriage of silky R&B vocals with more electro or alternative style instrumentation is one of the most appealing features of the four-song collection.

Both the remaining tracks, “Games” and “Me & Your Ghost”, again feature such contrasts, the latter acting as a wonderful closer to a very strong EP. The glitchiest and most disjointed of the lot, it yet again features Lowe’s silky-smooth vocals front and centre, and proves why she has the potential to be a massive crossover success.

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