‘Letters’ is Rowlette’s first release of 2020, an intimate, Indie-Pop ballad, describing a tale of lost friendship. Rowlette is an Indie-Pop artist, hailing from Co. Mayo, Ireland. As a solo performer with an acoustic guitar, she is known for her powerful vocals, inspirational lyrics and captivating performances.
Rowlette’s releases have received radio play on stations across her home country of Ireland and racked up tens of thousands of plays on Spotify. Well known on the Irish live scene, Rowlette performed a packed-out headliner in Crowbar last Autumn. She then proceeded to join Jack L on his latest tour, performing in venues across the country, including a solo set in Cork Opera House on New Year’s Eve.
“I wrote this song about a friend of mine that I hadn’t heard from in a while. We were always those kinds of friends who could go ages without talking, but when we did it was completely normal. Except for this time, it was radio silence.”
“He had a tendency to shut himself off from people when life got hard, so I was especially concerned. He lived in a different country, and it got to the point where my only option was to write a letter. It had been so long since I had sent one that I wasn’t even convinced it would arrive! I wrote the song during the time I was waiting for a response when there was a lot going through my mind – does he know there’s people who care about him? Does he know I care? Was I there for him enough? Why has he shut himself off? I actually wrote so many verses for this song, it could be 10 minutes long! I had a lot to say.”
Speaking on what she wants from the song, Rowlette says the thing she would like most is for it to encourage someone to get in touch with an old friend. “I’d really love it if the song inspires someone to pick up the phone, or better yet put pen to paper, and reach out to an old friend. Especially if they haven’t heard from that friend in a long time – it could be exactly what they need.”
The sound of ‘Letters’ conveys its subject matter beautifully; intimate, close, poignant, with a sparsity of instrumentation that allows the imagination to fill in the blanks. Gentle guitar is joined by soft piano, and light bass and percussive elements that ebb and flow with the emotional resonance of the narrative, tenderly delivered in Rowlette’s unique and instantly recognizable style. The track was produced, mixed and mastered by Beardfire Studios.
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