Following years of formative experience and creative progression, Manchester artist and songwriter Caoilfhionn Rose is ready to release her debut album. The song to introduce Rose, is title track Awaken: a languid folk daydreamer of rhythmic psychedelia.
Swirled layerings of vocal harmony entrance as the tracks opens, full in the mix are the vocals while guitar and drums provide a sturdy swell underneath as dashings of electronics weave in and out. Rose’s musical expression is subtle but unnerving; there’s a serenity to the makings of her music, her voice is deeply enchanting yet it never raises above a peaceful hum (possibly the most alluring quality of Rose’s music).
Moving meditatively through passages of poetic lyric, Rose sings about the importance of mindfulness, to embrace the present and savour the world we live in, to “go outside” and “awaken to the world.” A theme which is heavily expressed and visualised within the accompanying video clip, set across awe-inspiring landscapes and expansive woodland scenes Rose narrates an almost spiritual journey as the song plays out.
Innately sewn and evocatively crafted, Rose’s atmospheric tones twine together pastoral warmth with blissful groove. As Rose’s first solo release under a label, it’s an enormous starting move for the artist but an even larger accomplishment.
‘Awaken’ will feature on Caoilfhionn Rose’s debut album, set for release on 12th October 2018 via Gondwana Records – various formats can be pre-ordered here.