Rosalie Cunningham has come through a difficult economic period. From an artistic point of view, however, this phase was a gain. At the end of it is the great album "Rosalie Cunningham". His unique mixture of Psychedelic Rock, Prog, Beatles-Pop and Folk has a tremendous fascination. eclipsed got the author on the phone at four in the afternoon. There she was, crawling straight out of bed and still tired. But the 29-year-old Englishwoman spoke willingly about her odyssey.
At the age of sixteen, Rosalie Cunningham founded the psychedelic band Ipso Facto, with whom she released four singles. In 2011 she founded Purson, with whom she recorded two albums and one EP until her dissolution in 2017 and gained an excellent reputation in prog circles. Two and a half years followed, during which she withdrew completely from the music industry. "The end of the band was a disaster, especially from an economic point of view, so I had little desire to continue being part of the music business," recalls Cunningham. "Of course I kept making music at home, but I didn't know if I wanted to go public again."
When she decided to produce a new album, she decided to go solo because of the negative experiences with Purson. But soon the next setback followed: "I borrowed the money to record the record, while I let the fans finance it with PledgeMusic. That was great, because the sum came together quite quickly and gave me the security not to sit on the debt. But then the platform went broke and the money was gone. Today I have a lot of debts, but at least a great record," laughs Cunningham with a little despair in his voice. Happiness in disguise was that the label Esoteric agreed to release the album.
It would also have been a shame if the eight stunning songs hadn't been released to the public. Cunningham enchants with a daring, also demanding mix of styles: heavy riffs, dreamy and solemn folk parts, prog segments, Beatles pop and a not insignificant pinch of occult rock. "In fact, for the first time in my career, I didn't know what would come of it," admits the British woman. "With Purson I had always thought of a concept and coordinated lyrics and music so that in the end there was an organic whole. Now it was different, which was certainly due to the fact that firstly I was free and secondly I had so much time to just try everything."
When you put on this record by the Czech songwriter Marketa Irglova, you first think of Enigma, Enya or the novel "The Name of the Rose", whether you think of the monk's choirs, the sacred atmosphere or the beating bells. But what follows with "Time Immemorial" is of a completely different kind.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.