We review the latest single from Rosina Bullen – Candle

Acclaimed jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter Rosina Bullen presents her second single – the warm and reflective – ‘Candle’.

Following last month’s debut ‘Lie Down My Love’, this latest track also sparks the announcement of Bullen’s forthcoming EP ‘Painting A Picture’ due for a December release.
Having studied on both sides of the Atlantic – at the Guidhall and Manhattan Schools of Music – the Suffolk-raised artist’s songwriting is inspired by an eclectic mix of musical styles, with jazz taking the front seat.

This latest single ‘Candle’ draws strong influence from Joni Mitchell in its coming-of-age narrative style of writing. From the very opening line, the lyrics detail an all-round creative background filled with encouragement and space to experiment and thrive.

“She lived just like a dancer / Her mother’s way of life”

Talking of the track, Bullen explains “This song was the first song that I wrote from the whole EP. It was actually the first song that I was truly proud of writing and began to feel like I was finding my voice as a musician and songwriter”.

And this shines through in the gorgeous warmth of Rosina’s vocals which fly and flutter across the track playfully – reminiscent of indeed Mitchell, but also too of fellow artists Regina Spektor and Laura Marling in places. There’s a candid sincerity there which is both thoughtful and rather nostalgic.

Continuing her partnership with arranger David Swan whose orchestral embellishments of striking piano, soft strings and guitar evoke further layers of emotion truly ‘painting a picture’ for us as a listener. A picture of family relationships, growing up and the journey Rosina has taken to become the woman she is today. A beautiful and sentimental track.

The upcoming EP ‘Painting A Picture’ is due for release Friday 2nd December.