It might have caught our readers attention that festival lineups are now announced earlier than ever. Indeed I have stumbled upon announcements and posters for several events that will take place during summer 2023 already. However, it is not my style that I am captivated by headliners. Since I am more interested in emerging acts and future pop stars. It is for this reason. I always make a point of scrolling down to the bottom of these lists. In the event I may further come across the next pop sensation I haven’t heard of yet.

It is because of a recent wave of festival announcements coming through. That I became enamored of LA-based indie-pop artist Rosie Darling.

Rosie’s latest music. The “Golden Age” EP, was released this summer. Since becoming aware of it. I have been diving into the EP for frequent listening. I have enjoyed. The lush soundscape and open-hearted lyrics that define Darling’s sophomore EP. These are songs that discuss wasted youth and falling in and out of love. As well as exploring the pain of young heartbreak. The music itself is reminiscent of the evocatively leaning pop style used by Lennon Stella, Tate McRae and FLETCHER.

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Explaining the “Golden Age” EP. Rosie describes it as,

“Finding an outlet for all my fears, dreams, hopes, and heartbreaks was necessary during such a time of uncertainty”. She goes on to say “Creating this project allowed me to find flashes of my youth and “Golden Age” within the chaos of everything else that is constantly changing around me.”

A whole new generation of sad-girl pop artists is coming to notice. There is no doubt that Rosie Darling belongs to this category of newcomers to pop. What sets her apart from other new arrivals in this category of pop? In my view, her beautiful unfiltered vocals and heartfelt lyrical styling. This is what makes her immediately captivating. Since her tone is genuine and sincere, I find her much more appealing than other sad-girl pop acts. Many of those, who moreover emphasize brooding and melancholy.

With Rosie, we should also note. She has many well-known music industry names clamouring to work with her. Collaborators to date include: Justin Gammella (FINNEAS, Ashe). Producer Andy Seltzer (Chelsea Cutler, Shallou, Joan). Mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Florence, and the Machine), and Joe Laporta (Halsey, JP Saxe, Gracie Abrams).

There is no doubt in my mind she is coming up through the ranks. So be sure to keep your ears open for Rosie Darling going forward.

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