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Single Review: “Hold The Weight” – Rosie Frater-Taylor

This is a stunning piece of soul and blues…. 

It starts off with an acoustic guitar in the intro but then it’s joined by Rosie’s electric guitar…. 

BOY can she play! WOW!!!

I’ve been a fan from way back but this is taking it to another level.

The chord changes are straight out of a jazz fusion playbook, like she studied Toto, but then there’s also a little bit of a prog rock thing going on with the time signature, all this needs is a dirty synth lead… 

My favourite bit is at 3:03 onwards where everything changes. Rosie just really sings her heart out with different parts and this is what blows my mind, the build up to the end is bang on. 

I like these lyrics too: 

“Read all the lines,

Encrypted the lies,

Won’t be undermined,

You can shout all you like but what you gonna do?

When you can’t turn the page for a heart full of rage,

Words won’t hold the weight.” 

This could be applied to so many things today as we live in a world full of information overload….

This is a beauty of a track.

With a clear sense of purpose, Londoner, singer, songwriter & guitarist Rosie Frater-Taylor blurs the lines between jazz, folk, pop & soul. Rosie’s 2nd album ‘Bloom’ (2021) was nominated at Gilles Peterson’s WorldWide Awards, named Jazz FM ‘Album Of The Week’ and made KCRW’s ‘Albums Of The Year’ list. ‘Bloom’ caught the attention of the biggest radios and tastemakers in the UK and EU.

This new track is from her forthcoming album “Featherweight” available on pre order at Bandcamp and due for release in February 2024. 


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