Review: The Stirring Vulnerability of Gabriella Rose’s Intimate Debut EP ‘Lost in Translation’

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A vulnerable, stirringly intimate work of art, Gabriella Rose’s debut EP ‘Lost in Translation’ captures her remarkably passionate and singular artistry.

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In introducing Gabriella Rose a mere three months ago, we hailed the sixteen-year-old as an exciting and promising new voice out of the Pacific Northwest, praising the emotional maturity of her music and the timelessness of her folky indie pop sound. These are high commendations to bestow upon a brand new artist — let alone a teenager — but today, Gabriella Rose makes good on that promise through her debut EP Lost in Translation, out 2/1/2019!

Welcome to the Dollhouse
there’s your room now face the crowd,
where’s your speech,
silently turn and walk behind me
Welcome here’s your number
there’s your room
now take the picture,
in the hall on the wall,
compared to them
you’re much too tall,
prepare to fall
– “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” Gabriella Rose
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Lost In Translation – Gabriella Rose

A vulnerable, stirringly intimate work of art, Lost in Translation (prod. by Chris Molitor) captures Gabriella Rose’s remarkably passionate and singular artistry. Born in Pasadena, California and now based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Rose creates tasteful, catchy folk songs with little more than her voice and acoustic guitar. Additional instrumentation brings out the full weight of each track, and the result is a rousingly close coffee shop-like atmosphere where Rose’s words as well as their meaning hit us in the face. Title track “Lost in Translation,” which we premiered in November, is “a raw reflection on connection, longing, and brokenness.”

Sophomore single “Welcome to the Dollhouse” tracks Rose’s own struggles with mental health, with incredibly moving lyrics set against an invitingly sweet instrumental backdrop. Like semi-sweet chocolate, the song is a balanced assortment of the dark and the light; and as Rose importantly explains, “People don’t always understand those suffering from mental illness, and many simply don’t know how to help. I guess I wrote this song for anyone who really needs it.”

Gabriella Rose © Chris Molitor

Gabriella Rose © Chris Molitor

I stopped dreaming,
I always hit the ceiling,
you take the money and run
I’m so homesick for a place
that don’t exist,
your heart is shaped like a gun
– “Requiem,” Gabriella Rose

Now the rocks they cry out
for the demons that shout,
and crush the lilies while they’re in bloom
and the waves smash
against the shore it never ends,
don’t hate them for the evil things they do
And the world oh it spins
and the darkness it wins,
and all I really want to do is hide,
and the people around
are never slowing down,
my only wish is that I could fly
– “The Chair,” Gabriella Rose

With every track comes a sliver of enlightenment – something to be felt, learned, or discovered. Not many artists can boast such a strong entrance, let alone one with such insight and palpable emotion. In “Requiem,” Rose explores the pain of loss and the loss of innocence. In “The Chair,” she tells the story of a mentally ill young man sentenced to death for murder. Lost in Translation is emotionally volatile, yet sonically sound – a dazzling journey full of love, glowing with fresh perspective and an inspiring zest for life. Behind all this magic, there exists the uniquely compelling talents of a singer/songwriter whose journey is only just beginning.

Experience the full record below, and peek inside Gabriella Rose’s Lost in Translation EP with Atwood Magazine as she goes track-by-track through the music and lyrics of her pristine debut!

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Lost in Translation

This was the first song I recorded with my producer, Chris Molitor. If it wasn’t for his guidance, the EP wouldn’t have been possible. With this first song, he helped me find my sound. When I started I had no idea what I was doing, I was a fifteen year old girl with songs and a vague idea of what I wanted the record to sound like. Coppola’s film Lost in Translation is what inspired this song. I related to the protagonists who found in each other a common bond; they were both lonely, aimless, and unhappy. I have felt that way in the past, and so the film really spoke to me. I tried to put that emotion I saw on the screen into this track!

Welcome to the Dollhouse

This song is about my struggle with mental health. When I wrote it, I had completely lost myself in the search for acceptance; however, music has allowed me to channel my feelings into something positive and productive. People don’t always understand those suffering from mental illness, and many simply don’t know how to help. I guess I wrote this song for anyone who really needs it.

Dreams

Relationships are never easy. They may be hard to build, but they are so easy to break. This song is about the aching feeling of losing someone who is important to you, and the pain of rejection.

Requiem

I lost my grandmother to cancer in eighth grade. She was such an important part of my life, and it was heartbreaking to lose her. Her passing was slow and brutal, and at the end she was absolutely broken. Seeing that kind of pain changed me as a person, and this song explains that loss of innocence. I wrote it a few years after she passed; and found that even when people leave, grief lingers on.

The Chair

I had no idea how I was going to record this song. It tells the story of a mentally ill young man who was sentenced to death for murder. I wrote The Chair after reading Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood; the humanity Capote revealed in the killers shook me to my core. Also, his empathy was incredible: he saw the good in two men who had done evil things. To me, that’s incredibly powerful.

Angel

This song is about the pain that results from living for other people’s praise and approval. There was a time in my life where I tried to “improve”; I tried to fix the things in myself that I didn’t like, but I did it for one person. I wrote this song after I realized I couldn’t make that person happy by chasing perfection- I was miserable. I now know that I want to be compassionate and empathetic, I don’t want to be perfect.

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com