2 March, 2016, 13:28
Tonight, I received an almost identical message from two separate friends “would you like to go and see Rosie Lowe this evening? You would love her.”
A few hours later, I was standing near the front of a packed Louisiana and my friends were proved completely right. From the opening lines of ‘Me & Your Ghost’, I was captivated.
‘Nicole’ was a personal highlight. A song written about her best friend, documenting a situation with a boy Lowe deemed a “bit of a dick” (her words, not mine). I was instantly struck by the lyrics. We listen to songs that evoke emotion, and are we ever more impassioned than when ranting about “that boy” that isn’t good enough for “that girl” we adore? Those late night conversations over chocolate and wine were beautifully encapsulated in the lyrics; “If only you saw what the rest of us love.”
Moving to ‘Woman’, Lowe came into her own. The belief in her music and stage presence became wonderfully apparent. The words “I am a strong woman” was reflected in the keyboardist’s “this is what a feminist looks like” t-shirt. It was highlighted by the two girls in front of me who linked arms and sang. Lowe had the whole audience with her in both strength and vulnerability, and that was not limited to the girls.
Album title track ‘Control’ reverberated around the room, adding to the already intimate atmosphere Lowe had seamlessly created. ‘I’ll Be Gone’ touched upon 90s R&B and ‘How’d You Like It’ was another personal favourite (and the song I have listened to repeatedly). ‘So Human’ came at the end of the set, a beautiful piece of digital soul that you couldn’t help but sway to (something I usually avoid due to my outstanding lack of rhythm).
As an aspiring wordsmith, music best appeals when an artist is a skilful lyricist. The hour spent listening to Rosie Lowe’s beautiful lyrical sound was too short. She appeared genuinely humbled by the adoration that reverberated around the venue, and her likability only increased by directly addressing her mum and family on more than one occasion. Think The xx, Jessie Ware and a minimalist electronic sound that is completely and uniquely Rosie Lowe.