Undress & Dive After

by Martha Rose

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The album’s title, »Undress & Dive After«, comes from the lyrics of an old English folk song called »Hares on the Mountain« – about the hopeless desire of women to pursue the men they are interested in. »If all you young men were fish in the water, how many young girls would undress and dive after?« The title informed the recording and writing process from the very beginning on. Rose’s lyrics consistently follow through the threads of the heart, the intertwining of desire and loss, and evoke a medieval valour in the pursuit of true love. There is always a sense of the unattainable crush – »I’m such a liar / but it’s just cos I love ya« – permeating Martha Rose’s work.

»Undress & Dive After« is an invitation to dive deep into Martha Rose’s poetic and emotional world, with all its sources of inspiration – a warm wash of Casio sounds and visual cues embedded in mystical lyricism. Cotton and water, it is a sonic vision of a medieval forest, and an 1980s village-hall disco that also references Japanese funk. It asks the listener to engage with different kinds of love, and to fiercely keep hold of joy. Rose puts herself into vulnerable positions, exploring both the cruelty and the sweetness that experience evokes.

Her songwriting process was opened up to collaboration, with sounds heavily influenced by Berlin’s Miami Nice Studio’s collection of synths, Dandy Deniz’s charming lead guitars and keys, and Garagen Uwe’s irresistible groove via his outfit Balayage. Garagen Uwe, himself a multifaceted musician and Berlin-underground mainstay, member of Walls & Birds and drummer for not only Rose but also for All Diese Gewalt and Die Heiterkeit, produced the album together with Thomas Zehnle and Sebastian Gieck.


released July 31, 2020


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Martha Rose Berlin, Germany

London born Martha Rose lives in Berlin and works as a musician and songwriter. Her second album 'Undress & Dive After' will be released on Treibender Teppich Records & Martin Hossbach 31.07.2020 digital and 04.09.20 vinyl

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