An intimate outpouring of anxiety and raw inner tension, Rosehip Teahouse’s “A Million Times” is a tender, angst-riddled expression of self-doubt set to a stirring, dreamy bedroom pop soundscape.
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Figuring out what it means to use space / I guess I’ll just hide again…
A wash of fuzzy dream pop envelops the senses as Welsh band Rosehip Teahouse make their ascent. An intimate outpouring of anxiety and raw inner tension, their new single “A Million Times” is a tender, angst-riddled expression of self-doubt set to a stirring, dreamy bedroom pop soundscape.
Figuring out what it means to use space.
I guess I’ll just hide again.
I think I missed this sinking in my stomach.
I think I missed the rain.
But this silence does nothing for me
Unless you’re there to share the tension.
And even then, I try my best to fill it up.
‘Cause I’m all teeth and panic,
Will I ever be enough?
Released October 14 via Big Indie Records, “A Million Times” is the second single off Rosehip Teahouse’s forthcoming sophomore EP Fine, set for release December 9, 2020. A talented indie band with a bright future, Cardiff’s Rosehip Teahouse consists of Faye Rogers (lead vocals, guitar), Tony Williams (lead guitar), Josh Dickins (bass), Will Dickins (drums), and Alice Low (synth, vocals). The Welsh band have kept busy since debuting just 18 months ago; their debut single “Same Sky” remains a highlight of their delicate, dynamic oeuvre, and their debut EP Chillin in the Void (released August 2020) is an excitingly grounded and ethereal indulgence.
At the same time, there’s no mistaking the electricity rippling through the band’s newest offerings. September saw them take off with the propulsive “I Meant What I Said,” and they have now continued to soar with the droning guitars and hot-on-the-mic vocal performance of “A Million Times.”
A heated reflection on insecurity dressed in fuzz, reverb-drenched guitars, “A Million Times” reads like a diary entry and plays like a confessional.
Frontperson Faye Rogers spills their heart and soul in a chorus rife with feeling, their emotive voice capturing the intense drama of the moment:
I don’t know what it is that you need
and it scares me to think
that I’d reshape myself
a million times to work it out.
Oh I’d love to lose myself.
I doubt you’d change for anyone,
But I still change for everyone.
“‘A Million Times’ is a lot of my anxiety manifesting in a song,” Rogers shared upon the song’s release. “I was finding that I would try and mould myself into what I thought everyone else wanted from me, not realising that I was losing more and more of myself in the process. And even then, what I thought people wanted from me was usually wrong. So it was all a bit of a mess, hiding my feelings, feeling like I was ‘too much’ for anyone else in my life. It was hard to break out of the cycle, but I’m finding it easier to be myself now. ‘A Million Times’ is a little reminder to myself that I don’t need to be that way anymore.”
Rogers dutifully injects their performance with all of this feeling, and more. Heavy yet not overwhelmingly so, “A Million Times” is the kind of overhaul you want to come back to time and again, just to feel those raw emotions ricochet around the room, up, down, and through us.
I’ll start to swallow these feelings
I know they’re too much to take.
And I know, you didn’t ask for this.
But I didn’t mean to be like this.
Speaking to Atwood Magazine, Rosehip Teahouse radiate nothing but excitement for the months ahead – months filled with new music, creation, and hopefully (eventually) some concerts.
“We’re so excited to get these songs out into the world as we’ve had them in our pocket for a little while,” Rogers says of the song off the upcoming Fine EP. “This collection of songs is very meaningful to me as they pinpoint many periods of time over the last 4 or 5 years. Songwriting has always been a very personal endeavour for me, and I take a very literal ‘wear my heart on my sleeve’ approach to music. So, each song on the record marks a personal event or feeling for me.”
Diving into the individual new tracks, Rogers notes, “We’ve already released two singles from the EP, the first one called ‘I Meant What I Said’ which is a song I wrote a little while back whilst on a trip to Copenhagen. I remember being stood in the shower of the little blue Airbnb me and my friend were staying in, and had such an intense olfactory memory because the shampoo smelt just like the hair of someone I had just lost from my life. It was a really intense moment for me, and the song decided to come alone to help me figure it out.”
“The next single is ‘A Million Times’ which is really just a lot of my anxiety manifesting in a song. I was finding that I would try and mould myself into what I thought everyone else wanted from me, not realising that I was losing more and more of myself in the process. And even then, what I thought people wanted from me was usually wrong. So, it was all a bit of a mess, hiding my feelings, feeling like I was ‘too much’ for anyone else in my life. It was hard to break out of the cycle, but I’m finding it easier to be myself now. ‘A Million Times’ is a little reminder to myself that I don’t need to be that way anymore. There will be some more singles along the way, but the EP ‘Fine’ is out on December 9th and we hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.”
It was hard to break out of the cycle, but I’m finding it easier to be myself now.
There is no mistaking Rosehip Teahouse’s talent; keep an eye on this Atwood artist to watch over the coming months. Fine EP is out December 9, 2020.
A part of Cardiff’s bubbling music scene, Rosehip Teahouse are one of many exciting new acts based in Wales. “We’re really lucky to be based in Cardiff as there are so many amazing Welsh artists emerging at the moment,” the band notes. Listen to Rosehip Teahouse’s personally-curated playlist of Welsh music makers below, and be sure to check out the following artists in your own time as well:
- Teddy Hunter (Audio Visual Artist and Musician working in electronic music and soundscapes)
- TJ Roberts (Alt/Garage Rock. Americana. Uncle-rock)
- Shreddies (Electronic/experimental music)
- Live, Do Nothing (Ghoul Pop)
- Malgola, No (Polish Poppy Goodness)
- Telgate (Fiery Aggro-glam)
- French Alps Tiger (Alternative Indie Rock)
- Behind the Pictures (Flowery synth-pop)
- Ailsa Tully (Dream pop)
- Clwb Fuzz (Grunge/punk)
Stream: “Rosehip Teahouse” – Welsh artists playlist
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