Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Roots


band members

Momoko Rose - Vocals, keys and guitar Sam Condie - Bass Jake Pickering - Drums


Influences

Bjork, Lisa Mitchell, Florence and the Machine, Joanna Newsom


Bio

We all have soft places within ourselves, hidden in the darkness behind our defense mechanisms. With great pain we struggle to cover them up and dismiss our softness as weakness. Momoko Rose opens these folds like flower petals - exposes the flesh wounds we ourselves are oblivious to. By baring the raw parts within herself she welcomes us to do the same, holding us in every note without judgment.

“Through her song and art, Momoko Rose seeks to bring people closer together” — Abbey King, GT magazine.

Multidisciplinary artist Momoko Rose spent her early teen years on the Sunshine Coast and later teen years locally in Torquay on the Surf Coast. Her music illustrates a profound sensitivity to the natural world and our emotional connection with it as human beings. Growing up in coastal areas has instilled in her this deep appreciation for nature, with her Japanese heritage giving a cultural sentiment to this appreciation. Momoko was a quiet child, always taking refuge in books and paintings. It wasn't until she picked up her dad's old guitar at the age of 13 when she started making music, expressing openly and unapologetically. Momoko Rose is the epitome of an unbridled introvert.

Though Momoko's main musical inspiration stems from her love of folk music, her sound as an artist is anything but. Inspired by other weird and wonderful soloists - Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Johanna Newsom - there is an ethereal quality to Momoko's music. Her songs are riddled with dissonance, jazz harmony and unorthodox time signatures. Momoko leads an 8-piece band, juxtaposing electric and acoustic instrumentation - the traditional and the modern. Most would deem it unlikely to bring a pianist, metal drummer, funk bassist, fiddle player, punk guitarist and four part harmonies by fellow singer-songwriters into the same band; Momoko Rose is an exception to the rule. The magic of Momoko's sound is unbound by genre, simply adopting different soundscapes as a vessel to spirit us away into her landscape of emotion.

With the release of her debut EP "When I Blossom (2018)” the conceptual nature of her songwriting has given us a taste of what’s to come from this young Geelong-based songstress. After successful post-release shows supporting Pierce Brothers at their sold out Geelong show and tearing up the stage at Nightjar Festival, Momoko Rose is gearing up to record a new single. With support from Queenscliff Music Festival as a winner of this year's $10,000 Emerging Artist Grant, the creative output from this up and coming singer-songwriter has limitless potential.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

09 Apr 2019

Triple J
35

I like how this one swells up with the samples and drums before Momoko Rose releases that pent up angst.

I like how this one swells up with the samples and drums before Momoko Rose releases that pent up angst.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

17 Apr 2018

Triple J
30

Like the tone to your vocals. If anyone's a fan of big, piano driven affirmations then have a go here.

Like the tone to your vocals. If anyone's a fan of big, piano driven affirmations then have a go here.