I started listening to Hey Rosetta! years ago after hearing them on XM Radio. Their 2008 release, Into Your Lungs, fueled many bike commutes to work when living in the Bay area. Then they released Seeds in February of this year via ATO Records and that album assured its place in rotation in my house. Seeds is one of the lesser talked about albums of the year, but one worth jotting down in your “best albums of the year” lists.
Tim Baker (vocals/guitar) writes spellbinding lyrics while the rest of the band consisting of Josh Ward (bass, backing vocals), Adam Hogan (lead guitar), and Phil Maloney (drums) Kinley Dowling (violin), and Romesh Thavanathan (cello), creates lush layers of sound to bring the songs to life. Their sound blends folk, rock and pop with slow building songs that erupt into emotive anthems.
It’s hard not to compare the band to Mumford and Sons and Arcade Fire and it’s surprising that songs like “Young Glass” from Seeds haven’t been heard on mainstream radio. It’s one of indie musics greatest conundrums. What is it that allows one band to break through while others are just below the surface? Hey Rosetta! has all the right stuff to reach audiences across the world. We’re thankful they stopped in the studio during their visit to Chicago for Lollapalooza. I think y’all will be pleased with the results.