‘The Swamp’ is a folk ballad about an old man and an orphan girl, trying to accompany each other in their loneliness,” said Rosa Tu. In it, a smorgasbord of colors and hues, intermingle with the sullen but effervescently warm breath of Rosa’s vocals. The deliverance of a glimpse in a life’s existence, is captured in this fair-tale supposition. A Universe of possibilities reside in the hymns of Rosa’s empathy, arm’s length but ensuring beautiful engagement and revelry.
‘The Swamp’ is the first single off Rosa Tu’s upcoming album ‘Drink All The Wine’ (August 2020).
“I was thinking of New Orleans, where I’d been in not too distant memory, for the wedding of two wonderful people,” said Rosa. “I remembered roots eating sidewalks, old Oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, and that warm and mysterious feeling I always get when I’m there. Then I fell asleep. And I began to dream about this old man in the bayou. When I woke up the melody was in my head and the song came out soon after.”
The New York based singer/songwriter, Rosa writes to open up windows into the unconscious and bring listeners into themselves. While people stay home, searching for meaning in the mess of social media, news, and advertisements, Rosa writes stories of psychological and emotional freedom where no one is buying or selling anything.
Rosa believes exploring these parts of ourselves is a way to deep and unconditional love. She sees the kind of beauty she hopes to express in the work of poets and artists like Mary Oliver, Frida Kahlo, and Joan Baez. What emerges are introspective songs based on personal experience, expressing timeless, universal stories.
Rosa released her first album ‘In Winter’s Shade’ in 2013, followed by a 5-track album ‘Glass House’ in 2015. In 2016 she moved to Berlin to write and perform with her cousin as the acoustic duo Mother’s Favorite Daughter. Rosa’s music video ‘Davy and the Priest’ was an official selection for Roma Cinema Doc 2020 in the experimental film category.