Freya Beer deftly mixes poetical lyrics with a distinctive sound, often drawing influence from the likes of Kate Bush, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Cat Power.
Following on from the release of her sophomore single ‘Six Months‘ early in 2019, “Dear Sweet Rosie” sees Freya Beer tackle the concept of “taking influences from various sources of literature” and then “adapting these to” Freya’s “own personal experiences. Which is evidently the genesis of how Dear Sweet Rosie came about.
“I believe that the song lyrics can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on the listener.”
On the release of the new single, Freya tells eat This music how the new “record is particularly special as” she “had the opportunity to work with a number of talented musicians” on the project. Frey always draws from her own personal experiences and incorporate it into her own writing.
At the time of creating the single, Freya Beer “had come across the poem ‘An Asphodel’ by Allen Ginsberg” and what struck her at first was “the opening line “O dear sweet rosy”.” Immediately this visually sparked Freya’s “imagination for the concept of the entire song.”
This “particular single compared” to Freya’s “earlier releases demonstrates how” she has crafted and matured “as a songwriter/musician.” This has “also reflected” in Freya’s “vocal style as” she believe the way she sings her “own lyrics has become more prominent in its delivery.” Therefore, “Dear Sweet Rosie” has helped to craft a more distinctive sound.
The “process of writing a song and turning it into a record” is a very exciting aspect for Freya. As she tells Eat This Music, she “had been given opportunities to work with individuals who have helped make the song achieve its full potential.” which seems to be the case with the final product.
To coincide with the release of the single, Freya Beer has released an interesting portrayal of what she was trying to display lyrically.
Freya “had taken a lot of visual inspiration” from the likes of “60/70s films such as ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’.” From the beginning, Freya knew what she “wanted to convey through the imagery of the music video.” The “colour palette was particularly important as” Freya “visualised a lot of blue tones to compliment the bleakness of the weather” in the video.
“Through working closely with the film company Say Goodnight Films, they helped achieve a story board which reflected the concept of the lyrics. The presentation of the music video was successfully achieved to how I imagined it to be but in fact it exceeded my expectations.”
The remainder of 2019 looks to be a busy time for Freya as she is “going back into the studio soon to record new material as well as loads more gigs around the UK.” Stay tuned for more soon.
Future live dates:
Nov 30 – The Lexington, London (w/ Brix & the Extricated)
Dec 4 – 1865, Southampton (w/ Dr John Cooper Clarke)
Jan 20 – The Social, London (w/ TheBoy Least Likely To)