The words haunting and ethereal are often over used when describing music, but that is exactly what the debut single by Blue Roses, entitled Doubtful Comforts is. Blue Roses is one Laura Groves, from Bradford and she has previously released a single under her own name entitled I Am Leaving. You can read the background to her on a previous blog here. Doubtful Comforts was released yesterday through XL Recordings on 7” vinyl, but you can also download a free copy of the song for a limited time if you subscribe to the Blue Roses mailing list.
Doubtful Comforts is a sparsely minimal and tender song with an atmosphere of magical tranquillity to it. With a softly sung choir girl vocal and music box ghostliness, its closest cousins are Bjork when she’s not messing around with beats and noise or the elfin wonderment of Joanna Newsom. It’s a song to be played in the dark of night when all is still, with Laura capturing your heart as she sings “When you come home tonight my love, will you take me out somewhere, you’re so good at getting my hopes up where they don’t belong, I can’t reach them.” It is so bewitching, so perfect in its composure that it is Breaking More Waves single of the year so far.