EP Review: Rosie Vanier – Neon Nightmare


Cornwall’s Banshee shows her soft side with new EP.

Since the split of Rosie and the Goldbug, their lead anarchist, one Rosie Vanier has been back for the most part in her beloved Cornwall working on new material relaunching herself as a solo artist.  With an EP launched late 2011 with a Christmas song to boot momentum is once again building for our Rosie.

The newest addition to the Vanier portfolio is somewhat of a change of tack, ‘Neon Nightmare’ is a stripped down back to basics approach where Rosie lets her obvious vocal talents shine through.  Gone are the synths that Rosie has been associated with since post Powderstrip/Goldbug EP ‘Red’ all the way to her last EP Black Cats and Black Stars.  Rosie’s focus on just the piano and her voice with a real lack of percussion is totally spellbinding.  The purity of her voice and the range she has is truly astounding.  She still has her sultry, smouldering side, but its all tempered somewhat, and to startling effect.  Lyrically it’s very introspective, dealing a lot with the long road back to where she was in her former guise, it’s stark and pretty brutal at times but delivered in a velvet glove.

Top stuff from an artist well on her way back, 2012 should be a great year for the Banshee of Bodmin Moor! Sit back, whack on a pair of headphones and immerse yourself in this glorious EP.

Rating: 9/10
Best Track: Neon Nightmare/CoCo Rosie
For Fans Of: Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes

1. Neon Nightmare
2. In The Here And The Now
3. Subway Stars
4. CoCo Rosie

Picture courtesy of James Ram

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