Track Review: Rosie Tucker – “Ambrosia”

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Expansive and seizing and dim, Rosie Tucker’s new single “Ambrosia” could have been excerpted from the Twilight film’s soundtrack. It’s cautiously mapped out, with enunciated words and suppressed instrumentation that never dares to intercept what Tucker is articulating. The track is cemented, but punctuated by segments in which their voice sprawls out and becomes permeating.

Thematically, it’s tumultuous and aching. It explores a tug-o-war between reveling in an idyllic relationship and feeling inundated by anxiety-fueled existential thoughts. Tucker is, without a doubt, head over heels, anticipating text messages and buying their love interest a well-deserved meal. That latter expression of endearment is challenging for them, though, because no amount of love can quell their financial woes (“I check my balance as I lean to one side”).

Ambrosia makes its way in there, of course. It’s a fruit salad remix that traditionally includes ingredients like coconut and whipped cream. The dessert sparks them to examine their relationship more closely, likening it to “a vision covered in cool whip.” Those lyrics are stacked between more bleary ones. There are quips that feel indeterminate (“nothing is different just ‘cause you wish that it is”). Tucker is unsure what to make of the inevitability of the passage of time, feeling haunted by what they’ve dubbed “the end” as well as the prospect of getting older.

“Ambrosia” is dense enough to warrant numerous listens, with open-endedness that’ll keep any listener pondering.

Rosie Tucker’s next tour begins in late September, in support of Soccer Mommy on a number of dates (marked with * below)

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
10/8 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
10/9 Austin, TX – 523 Thompson
10/13 Raleigh, NC – Duke’s Coffeehouse
10/15 Richmond, VA – Space Litter Records
10/16 Washington, DC – Songbyrd Upstairs
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
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)


Bineet Kaur //  @HelloBineet

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