Today, Rozi Plain is announcing her new album What A Boost, her first release on Memphis Industries, due out April 5th, 2019. Refined during a year spent touring the world playing bass in This Is The Kit, the album was conceived in spaces across the US, UK and Europe, beginning at the Old Dentist’s Studio around the corner from Rozi’s home in the Clapton neighborhood of London, and later an RAF base in Suffolk, and in LA with musician Chris Cohen. A week of one-off collaborative performances arranged byBon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National in Berlin at the Michelberger Music PEOPLE event added new wrinkles to the songs, before they found their final shape at The Total Refreshment Centre, a somewhat legendary fixture in the flourishing London jazz scene.
There she worked with co-producer and fellow This Is The Kit contributor Jamie Whitby Coles, and enlisted a number of collaborators including Sam Amidon, Rachel Horwood (Bas Jan, Trash Kit), Joel Wästberg a.k.a. sir Was, Raphael Desmarets, Yoshino Shigihara (Zun Zun Egui, Yama Warashi) and Dan Leavers from The Comet Is Coming. What A Boost was subsequently mixed by Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens) at his Electric Beach studio.
The album’s first single, “Symmetrical” is premiering on The FADER as part of the announce, and provides a hint of the alien landscapes Rozi Plain creates with her arrangements and her strikingly unusual singing voice. Gently plucked guitar figures combine with warm synth pads and a searching bass line to build a backdrop for a complex call and response vocal arrangement that manages to shift and surprise at every turn. Transfixing and transporting, it conjures a sense of grandeur from a few simple building blocks, feeling lush while implying a minimalist aesthetic. It makes for an engaging listen, and sets the stage for an utterly individual release that is poised to introduce a new audience to Rozi Plain’s unique voice.
In support of the release Rozi Plain will be touring through the winter and spring in the UK and Europe, beginning with a January run alongside This Is The Kit. Full details can be found below.