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ROSE MCDOWALL

OUR TWISTED LOVE

NIGHT SCHOOL


Format: 12"
Cata No: LSSN044
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The Our Twisted Love E.P. constitutes the most contemporary recordings by Rose McDowall available,
heralding her return to live performance and songwriting. Building on the groundwork laid by McDowall with her
group Sorrow, and various collaborations with key figures in the post industrial landscape, it features a full band
recording and long-form songwriting that draws heavily on both McDowall’s keen sense of pop melody and
melancholy.
Breaking into a harmonium drone and Rose’s instantly recognisable, vocal, the epic title song unfurls at a
glowing, glacial pace. Never hiding her love for the Velvet Underground, Our Twisted Love reminds the
listener of 70s-era Nico, but McDowall’s fragile vocal has a spine-tingling fragility of its own. Guitarist Dru Moore
provides shimmering chords that dress the melody, itself framed with multi instrumentalist Eilish McEvil’s
plucked violin strings. Rose’s gorgeous twists with the vocal erupt into a full band jam, with bassist Clay Young,
acclaimed cellist Jo Quail and drummer Lloyd James joining in for a neo-folk, dronist excursion that elevates
the song into psychedelic territory.
This Calling sparkles with 12 string guitar and violin and would, given another production, easily fit into
McDowall’s earlier material. A song that laments the songwriter’s battle with depression, taken in tandem with
the title song, McDowall describes extreme mental states, a natural inclination to melancholy while creating
something uplifting in the process. Make It Easy On Yourself is McDowall and band’s rendition of the
Bacharach and David classic. Taken at a slower place, nocturnal in mood, the iconic chord structure sounds
achingly eldritch in this outing, the band paying respects to the original while adding its own, distinct, faded light.
McDowall’s vocal performance is beamed straight from the deepest night, fragile, emotional and perfect.
While undoubtedly some distance from the sparkling pop music Rose McDowall made her name with in the mid
80s as half of Strawberry Switchblade, and later with Cut With The Cake Knife (reissued in 2015 by Night
School / Sacred Bones) Our Twisted Love sounds like the culmination of a career combining classic pop
songwriting with darkness. An artist who has always embraced experimental impulses and self-sabotage in her
pop career, Rose McDowall’s Twisted Love has found its own space in the world.

Tracks:

SIDE A: Our Twisted Love (8:10)
SIDE B: This Calling (4:16)
Make It Easy On Yourself (4:18)

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