words by tom johnson
photograph by brittanny taylor
Within Roz & The Rice Cakes, Roz Raskin has been front-and-centre for a decade of pop wonderment, her band honing their sound across the years and culminating in last year’s superb Devotion LP, released via Team Love Records and shared on these very pages. The kind of songwriter who can pick apart the fabric of your day while you barely even realise, Raskin has that singular eye for detail that seemingly comes hand-in-hand with the finest pop purveyors.
Wonderful news, then, that Raskin today launches a brand new project, a new solo journey under the name Nova One, with a brand new six-song EP, Secret Princess, set to be released later this Spring via her new home on the New Orleans’ based Community Records. Pitched as a record that “explores youth, femininity, and gender, through a moody 60’s pop lens”, the EP is led by new track ‘Your Girl’, which we’re excited to share for the first time here today.
Playing all the instruments on show, including drums for the first time, the Nova One makes an immediate impact, Raskin’s voice as mood-soaked and maudlin as ever before as it rolls gently over the plain-stated but perfectly placed instrumentation that certainly crafts the aforementioned moody atmosphere; the whole piece akin to some late-night paean to the dimly lit bars that this kind of lulling heartache so compellingly evokes.
A subtly swaying and decadent pop song, it’s a beautiful start-point for the new record, which is available to pre-order now via Community, on both vinyl and cassette. You can do that right here, and check-out the new song below right away.
Pre-order now: communityrecords.com