Engaging and enigmatic song culled from recently-released second album.
By Blurt Staff
It’s called Here The Blue River, the sophomore outing from singer-songwriter Haroula Rose, who’s been compared to both Judee Sill and Townes Van Zandt. High praise indeed, and we’re jazzed to be able to allow a glimpse of the chanteuse’s gifts via the track “Moon And Waves”—this being a remix of the album track by The Hood Internet. Check it out:
Commenting on her second full-length (on Thirty Tigers/Little Bliss; she’s also released a couple of Eps to date), Rose noted, “This album took a while not only because I was working on films but also because I was trying to figure out what story I want to tell, what’s most important to me, and how to do that with more dynamic arrangements.”
The album was cut with southern iconoclast Jim White, Zac Rae (currently touring with Death Cab for Cutie, and who has collaborated with the likes of Alanis Morrisette, Gnarls Barkley, Fiona Apple, My Brightest Diamond, Sara Lov, and Pedestrian), and Luke Top (Fool’s Gold, Cass McCombs), and it represents a sound that Rose feels has “evolved” and broadened from the traditional acoustic folk of her debut These Open Roads. “This is definitely a relationship record,” she adds. “It’s about how our relationships are also about how we relate to ourselves, to nature, how we are alienated from it, how we seek to understand these mysteries that surround us….how as human beings we create and we destroy things.”
Incidentally, Rose is also a screenwriter, filmmaker, and actress; most recently she wrote, starred in, and wrote music for No Love Song, which co-stars Rosanna Arquette, now being distributed by TV4. She also was associate producer and musical supervisor for the award-winning Fruitvale Station. Currently Rose is developing a screenplay adaptation novel Once Upon A River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell, which Rose will also direct.
Incidentally, below you can watch the video for “Moon and Waves” and hear the original album version of the song.
On the web: www.haroularose.com