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Rozi Plain – Prize

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You can tell a lot about people from the company they keep – and by extension, about their creative expression. Take Rosalind Leyden, for instance, who’s consorted with wayward folkies, mercurial indie-pop types and experimental jazz practitioners. Early on, she played with fellow Winchester-born songwriter Kate Stables (whose This Is The Kit she’s a member of), Rachael Dadd and François Marry (of The Atlas Mountains); later, a friendship with Pictish Trail and King Creosote led to her debut as Rozi Plain and the release of four albums on Fence/Lost Map, which featured increasingly large casts of simpático players.

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Though circumstances such as musicians’ availability or geographical separation have often given Leyden no choice, wide collaboration became a preferred practice, and with 2019’s terrific What A Boost, her orbit exerted a pull on musicians connected to London’s Total Refreshment Centre. Now, her free-wheeling spirit has drawn in even more accordant talent for the dazzling Prize.

Co-produced by Leyden with Jamie Whitby Coles, the drummer in her core band (also of This Is The Kit), it’s an instantly captivating set – 10…



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