"I don't have any boundaries and I write for nobody but myself – it's very liberating!" It's just this kind of uncompromising statement that has made Bristol-based Rose Kemp the toast of the U.K. DIY and underground scene. Her U.S. debut A Hand Full Of Hurricanes will touch down in the states April 3.
Recorded in Bristol and Cardiff with producer Charlie Francis (REM, Turin Brakes, Wilco), the disc has already drawn comparisons in the U.K. to PJ Harvey and Regina Spektor. But more appropriately, The Times of London simply christened her, "A huge talent" and The Guardian notes, "Keep an eye on her."
At only 22-years old, Rose has an experienced musical palette allowing her to aggressively and progressively mix an array of sounds – ambient, folk, rock and experimental.
Disorder has labeled Rose as "One of the best British female voices since Beth Gibbons… creepy and haunting" while Fly Magazine describes her music as, "The kind of songs that stop you dead in your tracks."
Embodying the DIY ethics of her hometown music scene – creative generosity and self-sufficiency through touring – Rose is an example of an artist who has reaped the rewards.
Aside from her solo work, Rose also performs with SJ Esau as part of the experimental pop group Jeremy Smoking Jacket and has contributed vocals to albums by artists as diverse as doom metal band Atavist and young folk star Jim Moray.
As fearless live as recorded, Rose always receives a rapturous response with her range of styles and material and has stood her ground on stage alongside the likes of The Subways, Gravenhurst, Bat For Lashes, Oceansize, Seth Lakeman, and Duke Special, and played a slew of festivals home and abroad.
U.S. audiences can only watch and wait for news of a tour.