She goes by the name of ROCH, which clearly is a stage name, and we suspect (although it's not been confirmed by anyone) that we’ve featured her two, maybe three times before on the blog under her real name (here). She certainly seems to like a lie down, whatever moniker she's choosing.However, most importantly the two songs that this 20 year old singer from London has released via this new project are absolute gems.
Debut song Closer has a sparse intimacy that reminds us a little of Daughter, whilst latest release Kintsugi is named after a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy of the technique is to recognise the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. This can be a metaphor for life; hence why she sings “we are broken pottery.”
This combination of music, art and philosophy no doubt comes from the fact that ROCH is studying sculpture at Central St Martins in London.
She is currently working with Ben Christophers (Bat For Lashes), Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts) and Richard Frenneaux (Laura Welsh), who some of you may remember in the dim and distant past as being the main man in the band Red Light Company.
ROCH plays the Old Blue Last in London on the 1st December which is a free entry show.
Sit back, let this one capture you – it’s very much headphones music, let ROCH take you somewhere else.