Rosa Mystica – “Holding Roses”


The debut single from Rosa Mystica, “Holding Roses” blends suave ’70s psych-pop sensibilities with modern dark electro-pop. A consuming aesthetic success, the track’s initial verses see repeating piano clanging and heavy percussion over chilling vocals. The “holding roses,” refrain is complemented by a ghostly backing vocal that adds nicely to the overall mix. A sweltering backing vocal undercurrent converges with melodic guitar additions around 03:30 to round into a fully satiating conclusion.

“I loved the way “holding roses” sounded and I also resonated with the image of holding roses for someone who couldn’t care less about this quintessential gesture of love,” the artist says of the track. “This is a song about unrequited love. I’m really inspired by groupie culture, and the idea of being devoted to a person that represents both art and love.”

Rosa Mystica continues: “I love bluesy/ psychedelic electric guitar from the 70’s, contrasted with a more soft and dreamy melodic vocal line that tells a story. My intention is to blend both masculine and feminine energy into my music. At my very core though, I’m really a singer-songwriter with a great appreciation for melody and story telling.”

“Holding Roses” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2020’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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