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Japanese Release [Dec. 12th, 2009|11:22 am]
Rose Elinor Dougall

[Current Location |Canterbury]
[Current Mood |mellowmellow]
[Current Music |Rose Elinor Dougall - Fallen Over]

For those of you who haven't been following Rose's MySpace blog, you may not know that on Wednesday she released a singles compilation in Japan collating the first three singles and their b-sides, as well as a track which made an appearance on the MySpace player for a few months this summer.

I received my copy in the post this morning and thought I'd offer my views.

Firstly, some pictures of itCollapse )

If you've seen Rose live over the last six months you will have heard four tracks (Another Version Of Pop Song*, Start/Stop/Synchro, Fallen Over and First Time This Year) already, and I'm fairly certain that live or demo versions of each are floating around this community as well, so I won't go into those.

Regarding the others - Static Saturday is one of those which will probably only get an airing at the stripped down gigs such as Puregroove Records in June, where it's just Rose, her keyboard, and her swooping voice. False Hopes, the recent b-side to Fallen Over, is again Rose and her keyboard and is possibly the most heartbreakingly beautiful song she's done so far. The other version of Another Version Of Pop Song (and that sentence nearly made me blue-screen just writing it) is a more dancey version of the original. Mind you, anything with more than 80 beats per minute and that mucks around with the order of the lyrics is going to be labelled a "dance mix" in my narrow mind.

So, is it worth it? Well, with the current exchange rates it cost £11 for the CD and around £8 for shipping. If, like me, you're a completionist for artists and want everything they've ever released, or you want decent bitrate versions of the songs and can't wait until April for the album, then go for it. If you've already purchased the singles/b-sides and have £20 of Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket then go to www.RoseDougall.com and buy one of the sexy t-shirts. This is just my opinion, and I'll freely admit that given the choice I'd prefer to listen to Carry On or Find Me Out over the b-sides, so I know my opinion is tempered by that. I'm still glad I spent the money on it and it makes a fitting early Christmas present to myself.

*It's not a typo - the title really is missing an "a" before Pop Song.
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More blatant cribbage from the Myspace blog [Nov. 23rd, 2009|09:54 pm]
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[Current Mood |happyhappy]

Blig Blog
So whoopdy doo, its single time once again!!!!
The day i have a single out always feels like a strange secret birthday to me or something, so happy single day to me...
Its called 'Fallen Over'. Maybe you've already heard it up on my page, but if you would like to cherish this musical offering for the rest of time, you may purchase it for pennies at these various virtual shops, and it will come hurtling towards you through the void....


Its the third track from my forthcoming album, and there's also a B-side which is probably the most stripped down thing i have released so far, just me on my mum's piano....

So there you have it, thanks so much for all of your continued support... I'm currently having a big old time in New York, working on a project which I'm excited to tell you about, but that will have to wait for now I'm afraid...
I sort of feel like this single rounds off 2009 for me, and next time I'll be talking about feeding this album of mine to the lions.....
Oh yes, one last thing, me and my lovely band will be playing a few shows in December, I would particularly mention the 3rd at the Hoxton Bar and Grill, London, which is acting as something as a single launch, so please come along if you can!!!

Speak soon, lots of love,
Rose xx
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News! [Sep. 23rd, 2009|11:25 pm]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

Yes, things are going on! Firstly, an update copied and pasted from Rose's Myspace blog, and hidden behind a cut because large amounts of text scare people:

Update!Collapse )

And secondly, Rose was on Marc Riley's 6 Music show again tonight. If you missed it then never fear! I've downloaded, converted, spliced up and possibly violated all manner of copyright laws to bring it to you.

1. Carry On
2. Interview pt 1
3. To The Sea
4. Interview pt 2
5. Fallen Over

The set can be downloaded here - I've not actually listened to the final mp3s so if somebody could confirm they're decent copies, that'd be great, ta. Carry On starts late because the stream I ripped came in halfway through.

And finally, Rose is playing at the Old Blue Last in London on Sunday October 4th, In The City in Manchester on Monday 19th, and at SWN festival in Cardiff on Friday 23rd. Phew!
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New Band of the Day! [Jun. 15th, 2009|03:59 pm]
Rose Elinor Dougall

Rose is today's New Band of the Day in the Guardian.

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jun/15/rose-elinor-dougall

Blatent copy and paste:

Rose Elinor Dougall (No 568)The former Pipette succeeds in disassociating herself from her girl-group incarnation by dint of the freshness, the cool unforced vigour, of her sound

Hometown: Brighton.

The lineup: Rose Elinor Dougall (vocals, keyboards).

The background: Do you know, it's a daily struggle to come up with – no, not bands that we like but bands that we don't like. We're serious. Last week we just about managed to find a couple that didn't exactly thrill us to the core, but this week – yes, we have 20/20 foresight – you can fully expect five on the trot that we will be wholeheartedly urging you to investigate. We apologise unreservedly for our complete and utter lack of ennui.

Two questions occur listening to today's new artist: one, how do you avoid the taint of a previous incarnation? And what are the most underrated singles of the century so far? Rose Elinor Dougall – RED to fans of acronyms – was one of the singers in the Pipettes, arguably the first modern group to acknowledge in sound and style the impact of pre-rock/mid-60s girl-group pop, ahead of Amy, Duffy and every sentient female with a record contract. We can't remember the last time a member of a decent band left to make better and more richly rewarding music, solo – maybe Little Boots, although the Pipettes had a far higher profile than Dead Disco (we'd also throw into the debate Paul McCartney, but then, we're weirdoes who preferred Wings to the Beatles). For some, the Pipettes, with their prim harmonies and polka-dot dresses, will have been a little twee, and we had them down as an indie end-of-the-pier novelty act, like the Andrews Sisters had they signed to Sarah Records, but RED succeeds in disassociating herself from them by dint of the freshness, the cool unforced vigour, of her sound.

We mentioned Little Boots, and RED is indeed a girl with a keyboard, but the music she makes isn't neo-80s synth-pop. Rather it recalls a different 80s, the 80s of Sarah, the Cocteaus and the Sundays, when indie aspired to an ethereal beauty if not an ecclesiastical solemnity. Her new single, Synchro/Start/Stop, titled after a button on a machine in her Brighton recording studio, is brought to you by Elefant Records (who, with Camera Obscura, Au Revoir Simone and Trembling Blue Stars, do this sort of thing rather well). It represents a huge advance from her December 2008 debut, Another Version of Pop Song. It opens with a haunting, almost churchy figure played on a harpsichord, always a welcome instrument, before bass, guitar and drums enhance a brisk-paced ballad. RED's voice is outstanding without being strident: imagine Siouxsie if she was less intimidatingly imperious, a more grounded Liz Fraser singing with the Smiths or Duffy with all the sweat and grit wiped away by Stereolab. The other track on the single, Static Saturday, is sublime. Dougall soars over and above the sparse backing (fairground organ, the soft patter of a drum machine), and even though you can barely make out the words, the message – something about the captivating quality of melancholy during a still weekend – is loud and clear. Then again, she could probably sing the news and rob you of your breath (she's the granddaughter of one of the great BBC broadcasters – tenuous links, we got 'em). More than anyone it reminds us of New Buffalo, the alias for Australian girl-with-keyboard Sally Seltmann, who was part of the Avalanches crew and, in 2001, released one of the unsung recordings of the century, the About Last Night EP. We don't want to wish obscurity upon RED, but we do kind of like it when once in a while something remains our little secret, and with Synchro/Start/Stop b/w Static Saturday, we might be looking at another couple of future lost classics.

The buzz: "Dougall's pretty songs swoon with the bittersweet reminiscence of falling in and out of love, breaking up and broken hearts."

The truth: Frankly, we're stunned – we always thought the Pipettes were too close to being a comedy troupe.

Most likely to: Release a debut album titled after a poem by a 17th-century German mystic.

Least likely to: Film a video featuring homeless people doing a synchronised dance.

What to buy: Start/Stop/Synchro + Static Saturday is available now on Elefant. It will be followed later this summer by the debut album, Without Why.

File next to: This Mortal Coil, Strawberry Switchblade, New Buffalo, the Sundays.

Links: www.myspace.com/roseelinordougallmusic and http://open.spotify.com/track/31EXuKN8YpGRWeusOl2hMj

Apart from getting the name of the single wrong (twice - they're nothing if not consistent) it's a pretty good writeup.
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New blog, new song [Dec. 15th, 2008|05:13 pm]
Rose Elinor Dougall

Ta very muchly...

So last week saw the release of my first single, and i am very pleased to say that we've pretty much sold out of the vinyl, so i wanted to say thank you very much to all of you that bought one! If you didn't manage to get your paws on one, fear not, as we still have some of the CD versions left, which you can order online from the link on the home page.. Anyway, I am really thrilled that it was received so warmly...

Everything is pretty jolly in camp, me and the band have been busy doing some gigs about the place, which have been a real blast, so thank you to anyone that turned up!! Its been really great to get back on the road again in a small way, and feel that the gigs are really starting to come together; looking forward to a whole load more! We have two more this week in Bristol and Bath which should be ace, and will then be taking a little break in the new year.

The plan is to finish the album in January, which is bloody exciting, so as an early christmas present, i thought i might let anyone who's interested, hear another little offering from it!

I think that's about it for now,
Love Rose xx

May Holiday (new (album?) version)
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(no subject) [Dec. 12th, 2008|04:32 pm]
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[Current Music |Armand Mirpour - Lullabyebye | Powered by Last.fm]

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Gigs [Nov. 20th, 2008|08:28 pm]
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Live on Marc Riley's Brain Surgery, 29/10/08 [Oct. 30th, 2008|02:07 am]
Rose Elinor Dougall


l-r: Tom (guitar), Rose, Marc Riley, Georgia (bass, backing vocals), Ralegh (guitar, mandolin), Al (drums)

01 I Know We'll Never
02 Another Version Of Pop Song
03 Find Me Out

Chat 1
Chat 2
Chat 3

.zip of all files + correct running order and photo (35MB)
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"Hit the North" [Oct. 23rd, 2008|03:40 pm]
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[Current Music |Maxïmo Park - Hammer Horror | Powered by Last.fm]

Rose will be playing with The Travelling Band at Manchester's Deaf & Dumb Institute next Thursday (the 30th). Tickets are selling fast, so hurry up!

She'll also be performing on Marc Riley's show on the 29th, so tune in for that.
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Myspace blog news [Oct. 14th, 2008|06:17 pm]
Rose Elinor Dougall

Hello hello from your new co-mod :)


Just a little note to keep anyone that's interested in the loop, but as you may have noticed from the press release, i am putting out my first single in December!! And cos I'm really nice, you can here it on this very page. And, cos YOU are really nice, maybe some of you will even buy the seven inch when it comes out..(!!?!) You'll be able to download it too, but more of that gubbins later.... Anyway, i'm really excited about it, and i drew the cover too, so i think it looks nice!
Other than that, i have been ever so busy with this new little group of mine... I am playing with my brother Tom on guitar, my very good friend Ralegh on guitar and mandolin, the lovely Alex on drums, and my very first ever friend, Georgia, (who, in some weird twist of fate, i was recently reunited with after about 17 years, and she's still aces and a bloody good musician!), on bass, backing vocals and occasional keyboards.. I'm still warbling away with the old Casiotone... So that is all very fun, and in fact I've only just got back from our second gig, which was in Leeds last night, supporting British Sea Power who were also playing with Film School.. Despite a rather rushed sound check, much fun was had, and thank you to any one that was there for being so attentive... Especially thanks to BSP for being so supportive and asking me to play with them again, (I was ever so chuffed..)
So i'll keep you updated on any gigs that are happening, and then maybe some of you lot will show your faces at them per chance? sounds like a good deal to me...
ta ta for now!
Rose xx

You should check out this previous entry for a pre-order link and for a link of the song and the art work.
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