by Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 18 November 2008

Not all dark, epic music has to be harsh. British songstress Rose Kemp builds operatic folk tunes that crescendo from acoustic, string-infused atmospherics into menacing, down-tuned heaviness, drawing as much from Neurosis as she does from PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, and even Massive Attack. Decidedly more Lilith Fair than Ozzfest, Kemp proves that gloomy music doesn’t have to be angry. Nor does it have to be masculine.