This Russian doll of a three-track EP reveals 21-year-old Bristolian Rose Kemp to be a rather intriguing talent. The dark, complex material goes much deeper than the obvious reference points – PJ Harvey, most notably – to create a baffling yet absorbing result, greater than the sum of its parts.
Title track _ ‘Violence’ _ squirms and convulses, its paranoia and wicked temper dragging the listener through more twists and turns in its four minutes than some bands manage over an entire album. Kemp’s excellent vocals – strong yet sultry, complete with uncompromising West Country accent – complement the anxiety and tension perfectly. For a lead track on a fledgling artist’s EP, it’s admirably elusive.
If second track ‘Morning Music’ begins as a more tender and straightforward proposition, it’s only to lull the listener into a false sense of security. Kemp is not an artist to absorb complacently – as she herself asserts, “This is morning music / Wake up!” The EP is rounded off with ‘Tiny Flower’, a brilliantly hypnotic 98-second experiment in layered a capella vocals.
With the potential exhibited by the ‘Violence’ EP, it will be fascinating to see what Kemp can do over the course of a full-length release. A Hand Full Of Hurricanes - which will be her second album - is out in January.
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