Release Date: Apr 5, 2019
Record label: Memphis Industries
Collaborative U.K. musician Rozi Plain finished writing her fourth solo album, What a Boost, during a yearlong world tour as bassist for like-minded collective This Is the Kit. The leader of that project, Plain's friend and longtime collaborator Kate Stables, appears on the record, as do guests including but not limited to Sam Amidon, Joel Wästberg (aka sir Was), and members of such experimental groups as Zun Zun Egui and the Comet Is Coming.
Like slipping into cotton sheets, Rozi Plain's music invites an immediate calm. Her songs, a combination of minimalist blues and free-floating jazz, are lucent and inquisitive. Plain comes by this effortless tranquility with extensive practice: A native of Winchester, England, she took up guitar at age 13, and as an art student in Bristol, joined Kate Stables' jammy folk band This Is the Kit.