Los Angeles bedroom pop trio Rose Dorn recently signed to indie darlings Bar None Records and are getting ready for the release of their debut LP, “Days You Were Leaving,” which is due out August 23.
Built around the combined creativities of Scarlet Knight, Jamie Coster and Joey Dalla Betta, the group fashions a gauzy pop sound which develops and sustains a beautifully gossamer sheen, as if each song were assembled out of half-remembered dreams and memories. There’s a sense of rhythmic intangibility to their work, although it still possesses a profound emotional resonance which grounds these ethereal lo-fi movements.
The band was initially brought together by Knight after she was offered an opening spot at the Los Angeles DIY venue The Smell in March of 2017. She didn’t actually have a band to play with when she accepted, but through a mutual friend, she was introduced to Coster and Betta and instantly discovered that they shared common musical inspirations. They would go on to form Rose Dorn and release two EPs, 2017’s “Speak Later” and 2018’s “Call Her.” After a string of dates in support of “Call Her,” they headed back into the studio with engineer Phil Hartunian to begin the process of recording their debut full-length.
With cover art featuring the bandmates’ childhood stuffed animals -- Joey’s bunny named “Bunny,” Scarlet’s horse named “Horsey” and Jamie’s Zebra named “Zebu” – the record acts as way for the band to look back at where they’ve come from and to also look toward the future. The concept of endings and beginnings is strewn throughout the songs, providing them both weight and insight into the struggles that we face as we grow old and discover the consequences of our existence.
With their recent single, “Champ,” the band takes a look at how technology has made personal interactions almost superfluous, as we can text, talk and conduct our daily business through our phones. There is an earnest exasperation threaded throughout the song, with the band bemoaning this lack of individual connection. Seen through the delicate lens of indie pop, these sentiments are paired with stunningly layered vocals and jangly guitar lines which evoke the early work of The Church and The Chills. The accompanying video, directed by Julia Ling Kelleher, was inspired by Australian film director Jane Campion’s film, “Sweetie.”
Check out the band’s upcoming your dates below the video.
8/18 – San Diego @ Content Partners
9/19 – Los Angeles @ Zebulon w/ Ex Hex & Seth Bogart
9/20 – Oakland @ Starline Social Club the Cavern
9/24 – Olympia @ Le Voyeur
9/25 – Seattle @ Vera Project
9/30 – Reno @ Holland Project
10/3 – Phoenix @ Trunk Space