There’s a breezy freedom to James Rose’s music, an openness that gives his thoughts room to blossom. His gentle sonic approach is instantly inviting, while it belies a deeper quest within his writing. A traveler, both literally and lyrically, Rose is much more fascinated with the journey than the destination. The bumps in the road - bad jobs, substance abuse, love lost and the never ending philosophic swan dive into his own reality in search of truth - are what Rose documents so artfully in his songs. Echoes of the sweet/dark contrasts employed by Elliott Smith and the textural sensibilities of seminal influences The Beatles, Big Star, and The Kinks are present, but Rose’s sound is his own. Effortless and instantly engaging, his songs open multiple pathways for the listener to explore.
After recent stints performing in the U.K. and New Orleans, Rose will be touring in support of his latest single “Simplicity." Cut at 64 Sound in Rose’s native Los Angeles, the track skips along with plenty of folk-pop jangle and tastefully applied ear candy. But true to his nature, he utilizes a sunny audio palette to illuminate the darker corners of his lyricism. With three DIY EPs under his belt, this is Rose’s first outing in a commercial studio setting. He employs his songwriter’s instinct to let the song do the work, to good effect. The support from his band is both effervescent and restrained, buoying Rose’s soft-spoken and sincere vocals without stepping on his voice or his message.
Simplicity/Can't Stop Dreaming is out now.
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“Having lived in New Orleans, the UK, and Los Angeles, James Rose draws inspiration from the music scene in each place he has called home. Each city has laid its vibrant cultural and musical tapestries along the paths of Rose’s own creative journey. His newest single, “Simplicity” acts as a mantra for inner peace and clarity as breezy melodies dance through warm, West Coast haze.”
“It’s no surprise to learn that James Rose has previously lived in the UK as there’s a distinct Beatles vibe to this Californian songwriter’s new single. Its message of peace and understanding only adds to that feel and a little West Coast warmth finishes things off nicely.”
— Songwriting Magazine
“James Rose‘s relaxed, blissful “Simplicity” may make you feel like you’re somewhere on a tropical island, but his lyrics aren’t always as optimistic. The Los Angeles musician is an explorer who takes note of every moment passed, bringing us along on his journey—joyous or not.”
— Magnet Magazine
“Sun kissed pop with elements of psych from Los Angeles based musician James Rose. Simplicity is orchestral rallying pep talk to push through the barriers of fear and can be enjoyed above.”
— Diamond Deposits
“His songs find inspiration from the good stuff and would fit right in on a mix tape alongside former MAGNET covers stars like Elliott Smith, Ty Segall and Kurt Vile.”
— Magnet Magazine
“The collection of songs is awash in mellifluous, melodic folk-pop and symbolizes a huge life change in body, mind, and spirit.”
— The Big Takeover [7/26/18]
“James Rose's "Lullabies to the Ocean" is an unassuming gem.”
— The Deli