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Winter can be tough. Staying indoors for three months (or longer, depending on your latitude) is already a drag, but it can be even worse when you’re searching for warm pockets of air in a drafty house. U.K. artist Rozi Plain fights off the chill on her new song, “Conditions,” the second single from her forthcoming album What A Boost (out April 5 on Memphis Industries). You can give it a listen below.
While the idea for this song sprung from the cold, Plain actually laid down the original recording in sunny Los Angeles while playing bass on tour with This Is The Kit’s Kate Stables, one of her close friends. Plain and Stables share some sonic sensibilities—they both favor airy effects, looped drum beats and whimsical sounds, and they’re also both frequenters of the Bristol music scene. In addition to those collaborations, Plain is also a part of Justin Vernon’s and Aaron Dessner’s PEOPLE collective.
What A Boost is Plain’s fifth solo effort, following 2016’s Friend of a Friend. “Conditions” follows previously released single “Symmetrical.” The new track is warm, pliable and colorful, even as Plain sings about more frigid forecasts. “When the conditions are right,” Plain sings, “It can be freezing at night.” Here’s what she said about the new tune:
This song is about hunting for drafts in a well insulated house. Searching for the rooftop without any frost on a freezing day. Wondering about the heating situation. Inside feelings. Outside feelings. We recorded the guitar and drums of this song in LA with Chris Cohen on a day off whilst on tour with This Is The Kit. And then spent the next year adding bits here and there. It was a song I tried to record before that needed a bit of a new prism applied to it. Maybe re-recording a song about minus freezing weather in the 35 degree Californian sun was just what it needed. Warm the place up a bit. Gerard Black (from Babe and François & the Atlas Mountains) added his synths in Glasgow and I added quite a bit of Jupiter (that I recently acquired) in London. Alabaster dePlumes saxophone appears right at the end.
Again, you can listen to “Conditions” below, along with Plain’s 2016 Daytrotter Session, and you can preorder What A Boost right here. Keep scrolling for the album art and Plain’s tour dates.
What A Boost Album Art:
Rozi Plain Tour Dates:
15 – Gateshead, U.K. @ MAPS Festival
24 – Brighton, U.K. @ Hope and Ruin
25 – Bristol, U.K. @ Southbank Club
26 – Northampton, U.K. @ The Lab
27 – Reading, U.K. @ Are You Listening Festival
28 – Leeds, U.K. @ Brudenell Social Club
02 – Manchester, U.K. @ YES
03 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Blue Arrow
05 – Leicester, U.K. @ Handmade Festival
06 – Bath, U.K. @ Komedia
07 – London, U.K. @ Oslo Hackney
29-31 – Larmer Tree Gardens, U.K. @ End of the Road Festival
01 – Larmer Tree Gardens, U.K. @ End of the Road Festival