We’re still floating from “I Meant What I Said”, the recent single from Cardiff dreamers Rosehip Teahouse, but they’re now back, barely a month later with more goodness. Today they’ve revealed that their second EP of the year, Fine, will be released on December 9 and have shared a new single called “A Million Times”.
Singer Faye Rogers explains the emotion behind the new single, saying: “‘A Million Times’ is 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.”
Agitation is palpable from the opening notes of “A Million Times”, as twanging guitar sets the scene for Rogers’ tangled musings. They tap directly into the physical and emotional strain that comes with personal uncertainty – wanting to hide, feeling their stomach sink – but there’s a resolve to overcome hidden in there. Rosehip Teahouse lift the song into a resounding chorus where Rogers dresses themselves down, admitting that they’ve been too ready to bend to others’ desires, that they are too easily lost amidst someone else’s personality. While they don’t come to any blatant resolution in “A Million Times”, there is a power in the way they address their issues, and with the band wrapping their thoughts in melodious indie-pop, we get the feeling that they’re moving on to a better place.