returns with new album PRIZE
on 13 January 2023 on Memphis Industries.
Out today is the first single Agreeing for Two featuring contemporary jazz titan Alabaster dePlume on saxophone. Rozi says of Agreeing for Two:
“This song was started when I
spent a week on the Isle of Eigg writing new music . Mainly it’s
thinking about how easy it can be to unknowingly make decisions on behalf of other people, thinking you might know what’s best or right for a situation where as maybe it’s just what was easiest for you.. I love the saxophone line that Alabaster
Deplume added-brings a bit of his trademark heart
Over the course of four albums, Rozi Plain’s hypnotic, gently askew songs have steadily sauntered their way from her birthplace of Winchester, reverberated through the bustling Bristol DIY scene, to
where they now emanate from London’s creative epicentre. Acquiring a worldliness that’s reflected in her travels as a touring musician, each consecutive release has broached new sonic territory,
whilst retaining a home-grown intimacy and a familial warmth of spirit. On Prize, her upcoming fifth long-player, due for release on Memphis Industries on 13 January 2023, Rozi’s unique, heart-felt
approach continues to prevail, marking her as one of our
most innovative and engaging songwriters.
At the core of Rozi’s idiosyncratic sound, there is a keening for simplicity; a recurring urge to strip
things back to their essence, to reveal their innate beauty. Four songs into the new album on track ‘Prove Your Good’, she asks directly:
What do we want?
Do you want more?
The innate conflict of this sentiment is finely tuned across her entire body of work, owing to her
distinct lyrical and melodic delivery. Rozi’s uses her singular unaffected vocal accompanied by an
electric-guitar she built herself. Chords are broken into cyclical, meditative patterns of plucked
staccato figures. These punchy, quietly complex entrancing arpeggios reel you in, crucially allowing
room for reflection and collaboration.
On Prize, Rozi has assembled her widest cast of players to create an album that not only preserves
the intimacy of her signature guitar-and-vocal sound, but accentuates these moments of calm, and
explosive emotion, midst a soaring, collective spirit. From the blissful vocals of This Is The Kit’s Kate
Stables on ‘Agreeing For Two’, to the call
and r sponse vocals on ‘Prove Your Good’; from the
expansive instrumentation and ornately co
ordinated arrangements of ‘Help’ and ‘Sore’, to the
sublime synth celebration explorations of ‘Painted The Room’, and the woozy jazz
Thirteen’; there’s a sense of togetherness, and the very process of coming together, that permeates
throughout the album’s ten tracks.
Rozi’s touring schedule in support of previous album,
What A Boost
was just winding down as the
world was forced into lockdown. Having recorded an EP of new material whilst on a retreat with
Jamie and Gerard for Lost Map’s residency series on the Isle of
Eigg, Rozi continued to write and
record more demos in various locations throughout 2020 and 2021. These sessions formed the basis
, and when the world re
opened again, the gang took the 24 hour ferry ride from
Portsmouth to Bilbao in October 2021
, to make their way to the French Basque Country, laying down
the basis of the tracks at
energised, the band took these recordings home,
and began the process of editing and overdubbing at The Total Refreshment Centre and their home
in London, Bristol and Glasgow. Produced by Rozi and Jamie Whitby Coles, they returned to Margate
to work with Ash Workman (Christine and the Queens / Metronomy) for the mixing.
Jamie Whitby Coles
’ soothing, deeply groovy rhythms provide a
steady pulse, still able
to take the occasional surprise turn, gasping for breath on the off
undulating bass lines weaving their way throughout, never dominating the flow, but rather providing
a reassuring path towards warmth.
’s glorious playful synth playing is the perfect foil for Rozi’s understated, yearning
restraint. It bubbles and softly wheezes under ‘
’, reflected by the elegiac flourishes of
’s saxophone, and
p. On ‘
Painted The Room
elements are pushed further by contributions from
Danalogue (Comet Is Coming / Soccer 96)
building to a birthday party tidal sine
wave of oscillation.
It’s followed by ‘
’, a track that captures Rozi’s skill at the
push/pull dynamic; exposed vocals
), washed over with walls of strings by
Bas Jan / JARV IS
) and with
heart stopping sax. It’s over within 3
minutes, and feels all the more de
vastating for it.
“It needed eating so you ate it
”, Rozi sings on ‘Complicated’, a song about coming to terms with feelings of self-consciousness, and allowing yourself to take the prize. On this new album, the sense
of togetherness instilled among her collaborators is the reward, with every individual element on
each track serving the song, with no moments stolen.