Cardiff-based band Rosehip Teahouse just released their debut EP Chillin in the Void, but they’re already looking ahead to the release of a second. This is previewed by the release of a delightful new single called “I Meant What I Said”. Singer Faye Rogers says:
“I wrote this song a couple of years ago in a time where I was acting purely on emotion, getting overwhelmed and then running away. In this particular situation, I ran away to Copenhagen with my flatmate. The song came to me in the blue shower in our little blue Airbnb. I could have sworn the smell of the shampoo was the exact same as the one used by a person I had cared deeply for, and suddenly I was back sitting in the street next to them, crying and walking away, ultimately ending our relationship. ‘I Meant What I Said’ is my apology note, but I don’t know if they ever heard it.”
Olfactory senses can conjure powerful memories, like Rogers’ experience with the shampoo that kicks off “I Meant What I Said” – music, too, is also a classic purveyor of long-forgotten memories, especially the kind of dreamy indie that Rosehip Teahouse make. Rogers’ story is personal, but the guttural regrets that she spews out are universal – “I shouldn’t let myself be so upset / I am the one who caused this / But I didn’t mean to / I didn’t want to hurt you.” Behind her, the band facilitate this poignant trip down memory lane with a bright and floating indie sound that carries her through memories, their tone perfectly matching the intermingling feelings of love and regret with beautiful aplomb.