Bristol-based songwriter Rozi Plain is releasing what is sure to be a highlight of early 2023 in new album PRIZE, and this week she’s shared the latest offering from it, “Help”. She says:
“I think Help is my favourite song on the new album. We turned it into what it became up in the snow in Glasgow with Gerard and Jamie.
“A feeling can be a moving target and trying to track it down isn’t always possible. Sometimes it’s slipped away without you even knowing. Beloved things change and it’s okay but can require a lot of deep digging.”
As with her other singles, “Help” features a stacked list of collaborators, as she details:
“Cole Pulice playing the saxophone (sound a bit like strings)! The harp is Serafina Steer! James Howard playing the guitar (sounds a bit like an accordion). Amaury Ranger on bass. Gerard Black on a hundred different keyboards! Jamie Whitby Coles drums. I’m so honoured to have all these musicians who’s work I love so much playing on this song.”
Capturing amorphous feelings is one of Plain’s great talents – and on “Help” she’s taken things to an even more meta level by trying to capture the feeling of trying to capture a feeling. If that sounds convoluted then don’t worry – just listen to the song and enjoy its gentle drift and caressing tones (that guitar really does sound like an accordion!) and you’ll easily, beautifully fall into its sway. Soon you’ll be resonating with Plain’s gentle observations, your inquisitiveness will be raised in subtle ways and you’ll feel more equanimous and attuned to the comings and goings of the thoughts in your head and the feelings bubbling in your bloodstream.
Watch the video for “Help” below or find the song on streamers.