The peripatetic player & grafter Ivy Rossiter — originally from Auckland, New Zealand — will be touring solo this May, bringing her Luckless album with her and singing the ‘Vindication Blues.’ [UK Dates below]
We had a listen:
Right from the surprising twinkleness of ‘Telephone Song’ this album grips at your heart and it won’t let go.
The first track quickly turns into a remarkably acute amphora of dark and cloudy sounds.
A burgundy vocal purrs out — standing on the shoulders of those glassy jangles.
‘When You Asked Her To Stay’ is a whirring, carbonated fuzz-fest of metal salts.
The voice buzzes like may-bugs caught in the cross-breeze. And the excited riff is semi-transparent and intricately crested.
‘Road Retreats’ has a similar chugging rhythm, with low rumbling guitar and an even lower voice.
This is dark, and it should certainly be described as downhearted.
‘Comfort Hotel’ is sweet and healing. With a brilliant but troubled voice that is like lime soda.
The guitar here creates shimmers of blue-green… As the song lyrically unfolds amid suggestions that, perhaps, the artist is backing away from commitments.
Lament filled indie blues-rock with trembling moments on guitar and a voice that helps to remind us that we should not dwell too long on missed opportunities.
Words: © Neil Mach 2015
Main Image: Justyn Rebecca Denney Strother
UK 2015 Dates
14 May – Slaughtered Lamb, London
15 May – Gallery Cafe, London
16 May – Sebright, London, w Hannah In The Wars
19 May – The Finsbury, London
20 May – The Strongroom, London
22 May – Liverpool Sound City
25 May – Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
28 May – Bannermans, Edinburgh w Hannah In The Wars
24 July – Stag & Hounds, Bristol
25 July – Lounge 41, Workington
8 August – Follyfest