Those ellipses L.A. songstress Arrica Rose has tacked onto her band name represent tacit acknowledgment to the many contributors who worked on her third release, “Let Alone Sea.” But the punctuation in Arrica Rose & the …’s (say: “dot dot dots”) could also be a metaphor for her songwriting skins. Rose takes her pointed confessionals and precise phrasing into pop, classic rock and Americana territory over the course of the album’s nine originals, hitting home with the folky, understated “Nothing Nada Nothing” and the breathy, spy-pop “We Made Out Alright.” She wraps the whole burrito by marrying “Video Killed the Radio Star” with “Wonderful World,” a nifty sleight-of-hand that alone testifies Rose can wear whatever skin she wants.
||| Download: “We Made Out Alright”
||| Live: Arrica Rose plays Aug. 31 at the Bootleg Theater, supported by Chop Love Carry Fire.
Photo by Piper Ferguson
||| Also: After the jump, check out Dan Garcia’s video for Rose’s mash-up, “Video Killed the Radio Star (What a Wonderful World)”: