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Wednesday 20 July 2016

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Roseau released her debut album, Salt, last year. She’s supported both Lianne La Havas and Shura, and releases a new EP this summer! Catch her at Borderless Festival on September 20th.

Hi Roseau! So, who are your favourite female vocalists (of all time, and currently)?
My favourite female vocalist at the moment is Héloïse Letissier of Christine and the Queens. I also love Sylvan Esso, Blue Hawaii, tUnE-yArDs and Lianne La Havas – but my all-time favourites are Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holliday, Deniece Williams, Ani DiFranco and Joni Mitchell.

How old were you when you wrote your first song, and what was it about?
Haha! I was eight years old, and wrote a song about a coral ornament with googly eyes that I’d bought at a school fête. I had a terrible habit of buying old junk as a kid (I still do). Anyway, it lost one of its eyes and I was devastated, so I wrote a song about it and dragged my sister in to sing harmonies with me.

What new stuff are you listening to?
My current playlist: D.D Dumbo, Christine and the Queens, Litany, Cornelia and Mr Twin Sister.

You’ve supported both Shura and Lianne La Havas – who would you pick to support YOU?
Wow! tough Question… I’ll pick Litany! I think that line-up would work quite well.

Did leaving London help with the ‘coming-together’ of Salt?
Totally – I’d stopped being creative in London and it wasn’t making me happy.  I needed less distractions, time on my own and quiet time to think.

The warehouse where you recorded your ‘sound palette’ for Salt is now gone – have you got your eye on any other abandoned buildings, for album two?
I’m not going to chose another warehouse for my second album – I want to try something totally different. I have it all planned out already but I don’t want to give too much away yet. It does involve Croatia and the sea though…

When can we expect to hear your PledgeMusic-funded EP? Can you tell us anything about it – what it’s about maybe?
There’s no central theme to this EP, but it tackles a whole bunch of things, including family illness, depression, the breakdown of relationships. You can expect to hear it very soon – this summer. Just about to start mixing!

What shows do you have coming up?
Tramlines Festival, Farmfest, an amazing little show at Battersea Arts Centre (as part of Borderless Festival) and one of my favourite festivals, In The Woods.

Thanks Roseau – excited to hear the EP!

Follow Roseau on Twitter, and listen to Salt here.

  • Zoë presents a ‘new music with female vocals’ show for Hoxton Radio every Sunday, 4-6pm. Every Wednesday, she introduces one of her favourite female vocalists to Spindle.