today's must-listen: Rosie Tucker's new song "Ambrosia"

September 23, 2019

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Los Angeles singer-songwriter Rosie Tucker (they/them) is about to embark on a long tour, starting on the West Coast with Soccer Mommy, continuing on their own headlining run throughout the East Coast, and wrapping it all up with a hometown residency at the Bootleg Theater in November.

Before all of that, though, Tucker shares an outstanding new track today called β€œAmbrosia”; it’s the first to be released since their debut album Never Not Never Not Never Not was released earlier this year, and it’s honestly more of a world in itself than just another song.


Rosie’s songs start in conversation with an immediate environment: small, detailed, the characters and landscapes are drawn vividly, with life and wit. Then they zoom out to reveal a wider universe. "Ambrosia" capitalizes on these strengths with its wry, cautiously optimistic, sharply observed scenes: "you've got money stress so I pick up the check / I check my balance as I lean to one side." Then as the story unfolds, "Nothing is simple just 'cause you wish that it is."

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Made with close collaborators Wolfy, Anna Arboles, and Jessica Reed, who form a muscular, guitar-driven quartet, "Ambrosia" follows up Tucker's 2019 label debut Never Not Never Not Never Not, an album heaped with praise by NPR, who called Tucker "sincere, with a gift for metaphor and a clear understanding of just how precarious life can be," as well as Stereogum, Paste, Uproxx, LA Weekly, The Grey Estates, and The Alternative, who wrote, "there are many moments on Never Not Never Not Never Not when all of the components (vocals, lyrics, instrumentals) conjoin into one, succinct display of perfection."

Tucker’s songs call to mind a few contemporaries: Hop Along, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski. And they evoke a few predecessors: cult-favorite singer-songwriters from the 1960s like Dusty Springfield, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sibylle Baier, Norma Tanega, Karen Dalton. But Rosie Tucker songs are set apart in their specificity, self-awareness, and obvious care for the craft of songwriting and the practice of making art.

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β€œI’m a big fan of musical eccentrics,” Tucker says. β€œI really appreciate creativity and zaniness. The spontaneous approach to music that Erik Satie took: he was very eccentric. He only ate eggs for a long time. He bought seven velvet suits and tried to start a religion. He composed music toiling in obscurity.

"I like art that happens when people toil in obscurity, although I guess that's not my goal right now.”

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* dates supporting Soccer Mommy

9/22 Boise, ID – Neurolux

9/23 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge*

9/26 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo*

9/27 Seattle, WA – Black Lodge

9/30 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium*

10/2 Santa Barbara, CA – SOhO*

10/4 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace*

10/5 Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space

10/6 El Paso, TX – Nature House

10/7 Odessa, TX – Cactus House

10/8 Denton, TX – Dan's Silverleaf

10/9 Austin, TX – 523 Thompson

10/10 Houston, TX – Satellite

10/13 Durham, NC – Duke's Coffeehouse

10/15 Richmond, VA – Space Litter Records

10/16 Washington, DC – Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge

10/17 Newark, DE – The Temple

10/18 Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits

10/19 Brooklyn, NY – Trans-Pecos

10/20 New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge

10/21 Boston, MA – O'Brien's

10/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Roboto Project

10/24 Lakewood, OH – Mahall's Locker Room

10/25 Detroit, MI – Corktown Tavern

10/28 Kansas City, MO – Parker 2

10/30 Fort Collins, CO – Pinball Jones

11/2 Berkeley, CA – Gilman

11/4 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/11 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/18 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/25 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

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Music

today's must-listen: Rosie Tucker's new song "Ambrosia"

September 23, 2019

‍

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Rosie Tucker (they/them) is about to embark on a long tour, starting on the West Coast with Soccer Mommy, continuing on their own headlining run throughout the East Coast, and wrapping it all up with a hometown residency at the Bootleg Theater in November.

Before all of that, though, Tucker shares an outstanding new track today called β€œAmbrosia”; it’s the first to be released since their debut album Never Not Never Not Never Not was released earlier this year, and it’s honestly more of a world in itself than just another song.


Rosie’s songs start in conversation with an immediate environment: small, detailed, the characters and landscapes are drawn vividly, with life and wit. Then they zoom out to reveal a wider universe. "Ambrosia" capitalizes on these strengths with its wry, cautiously optimistic, sharply observed scenes: "you've got money stress so I pick up the check / I check my balance as I lean to one side." Then as the story unfolds, "Nothing is simple just 'cause you wish that it is."

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‍

Made with close collaborators Wolfy, Anna Arboles, and Jessica Reed, who form a muscular, guitar-driven quartet, "Ambrosia" follows up Tucker's 2019 label debut Never Not Never Not Never Not, an album heaped with praise by NPR, who called Tucker "sincere, with a gift for metaphor and a clear understanding of just how precarious life can be," as well as Stereogum, Paste, Uproxx, LA Weekly, The Grey Estates, and The Alternative, who wrote, "there are many moments on Never Not Never Not Never Not when all of the components (vocals, lyrics, instrumentals) conjoin into one, succinct display of perfection."

Tucker’s songs call to mind a few contemporaries: Hop Along, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski. And they evoke a few predecessors: cult-favorite singer-songwriters from the 1960s like Dusty Springfield, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sibylle Baier, Norma Tanega, Karen Dalton. But Rosie Tucker songs are set apart in their specificity, self-awareness, and obvious care for the craft of songwriting and the practice of making art.

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β€œI’m a big fan of musical eccentrics,” Tucker says. β€œI really appreciate creativity and zaniness. The spontaneous approach to music that Erik Satie took: he was very eccentric. He only ate eggs for a long time. He bought seven velvet suits and tried to start a religion. He composed music toiling in obscurity.

"I like art that happens when people toil in obscurity, although I guess that's not my goal right now.”

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‍

* dates supporting Soccer Mommy

9/22 Boise, ID – Neurolux

9/23 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge*

9/26 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo*

9/27 Seattle, WA – Black Lodge

9/30 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium*

10/2 Santa Barbara, CA – SOhO*

10/4 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace*

10/5 Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space

10/6 El Paso, TX – Nature House

10/7 Odessa, TX – Cactus House

10/8 Denton, TX – Dan's Silverleaf

10/9 Austin, TX – 523 Thompson

10/10 Houston, TX – Satellite

10/13 Durham, NC – Duke's Coffeehouse

10/15 Richmond, VA – Space Litter Records

10/16 Washington, DC – Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge

10/17 Newark, DE – The Temple

10/18 Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits

10/19 Brooklyn, NY – Trans-Pecos

10/20 New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge

10/21 Boston, MA – O'Brien's

10/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Roboto Project

10/24 Lakewood, OH – Mahall's Locker Room

10/25 Detroit, MI – Corktown Tavern

10/28 Kansas City, MO – Parker 2

10/30 Fort Collins, CO – Pinball Jones

11/2 Berkeley, CA – Gilman

11/4 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/11 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/18 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/25 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

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Music

today's must-listen: Rosie Tucker's new song "Ambrosia"

October 25, 2019

‍

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Rosie Tucker (they/them) is about to embark on a long tour, starting on the West Coast with Soccer Mommy, continuing on their own headlining run throughout the East Coast, and wrapping it all up with a hometown residency at the Bootleg Theater in November.

Before all of that, though, Tucker shares an outstanding new track today called β€œAmbrosia”; it’s the first to be released since their debut album Never Not Never Not Never Not was released earlier this year, and it’s honestly more of a world in itself than just another song.


Rosie’s songs start in conversation with an immediate environment: small, detailed, the characters and landscapes are drawn vividly, with life and wit. Then they zoom out to reveal a wider universe. "Ambrosia" capitalizes on these strengths with its wry, cautiously optimistic, sharply observed scenes: "you've got money stress so I pick up the check / I check my balance as I lean to one side." Then as the story unfolds, "Nothing is simple just 'cause you wish that it is."

‍

‍

Made with close collaborators Wolfy, Anna Arboles, and Jessica Reed, who form a muscular, guitar-driven quartet, "Ambrosia" follows up Tucker's 2019 label debut Never Not Never Not Never Not, an album heaped with praise by NPR, who called Tucker "sincere, with a gift for metaphor and a clear understanding of just how precarious life can be," as well as Stereogum, Paste, Uproxx, LA Weekly, The Grey Estates, and The Alternative, who wrote, "there are many moments on Never Not Never Not Never Not when all of the components (vocals, lyrics, instrumentals) conjoin into one, succinct display of perfection."

Tucker’s songs call to mind a few contemporaries: Hop Along, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski. And they evoke a few predecessors: cult-favorite singer-songwriters from the 1960s like Dusty Springfield, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sibylle Baier, Norma Tanega, Karen Dalton. But Rosie Tucker songs are set apart in their specificity, self-awareness, and obvious care for the craft of songwriting and the practice of making art.

‍

‍

β€œI’m a big fan of musical eccentrics,” Tucker says. β€œI really appreciate creativity and zaniness. The spontaneous approach to music that Erik Satie took: he was very eccentric. He only ate eggs for a long time. He bought seven velvet suits and tried to start a religion. He composed music toiling in obscurity.

"I like art that happens when people toil in obscurity, although I guess that's not my goal right now.”

‍

‍

* dates supporting Soccer Mommy

9/22 Boise, ID – Neurolux

9/23 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge*

9/26 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo*

9/27 Seattle, WA – Black Lodge

9/30 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium*

10/2 Santa Barbara, CA – SOhO*

10/4 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace*

10/5 Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space

10/6 El Paso, TX – Nature House

10/7 Odessa, TX – Cactus House

10/8 Denton, TX – Dan's Silverleaf

10/9 Austin, TX – 523 Thompson

10/10 Houston, TX – Satellite

10/13 Durham, NC – Duke's Coffeehouse

10/15 Richmond, VA – Space Litter Records

10/16 Washington, DC – Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge

10/17 Newark, DE – The Temple

10/18 Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits

10/19 Brooklyn, NY – Trans-Pecos

10/20 New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge

10/21 Boston, MA – O'Brien's

10/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Roboto Project

10/24 Lakewood, OH – Mahall's Locker Room

10/25 Detroit, MI – Corktown Tavern

10/28 Kansas City, MO – Parker 2

10/30 Fort Collins, CO – Pinball Jones

11/2 Berkeley, CA – Gilman

11/4 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/11 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/18 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

11/25 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (residency)

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