REVIEW: ROSE BONICA "TEARS FOR THE TEA MAKER"

"From the beginning to the end this album is excellent, refined and fucking beautiful" – Ora gives Rose Bonica's highly anticipated debut album offering a loving review.

October 16, 2020

Tears for the Tea Maker is a self assured stream of consciousness. Rose Bonica’s full length is a testament to the gifts of the fully grown woman. Released on her label Roses Are Red it is a gorgeous and consistently compelling body of work. If you’re not a reader, know this now, IT GOES IN. This record is one of the best I have heard this year. I didn’t know what to expect, and she gives nothing away, so from the start I had to surrender and let her take me on the journey. And I’m so happy I did. From beginning to end this album is excellent, refined and fucking beautiful. Enjoy it all summer, all year, forever. 

"Sometimes we are high, and everything is heady and rushing and the music is banging, and it's all so good and sweet that we forget we have to come down"

We start with mournful tones, yet the textures give glimmers of movement, of the transience of all things, pain, joy, passing through, leaving traces, and promises to return. I can’t say if they do without giving anything away but it’s okay. Sometimes we are high, and everything is heady and rushing and the music is banging, and its all so good and sweet that we forget we have to come down. And Rose won’t let up, each new track brings a new element and perspective, on a mood, on dance music in general. A favourite line from the first few minutes of the album, ‘scrolling but everything sucks’. So good I had to text the creator. I mean, she’s in my head, in all of our heads!


The mid section here is harder than Papa Action’s everything, I mean banger after banger, the kind of beats that make you pull faces and gang signs. You want this music for the dancefloors, the drives, the weight section. Anytime, and anywhere. Really. Rose brings her voice out on this release, and when she does lay down those dulcet tones, the woman has something to say. Your Mother Never Taught You Manners is a testament to this, listen, cry, repeat. 

"If you love tech, and you love that deep, dark, hard music in your cranium. This one is for you..."

The titular track is a groove for the ages, I predict it will be a summer classic for years to come. Tears, is all lush soundscapes for immersive and sensual applications. And just when it gets light and bright, Deathface comes through for the heavies. If you love tech, and you love that deep, dark, hard music in your cranium. This one is for you, God it is so good and so hard, I cannot breathe for fear I miss a beat. The record closes with the angelic tones and textures of Don’t Always Have To Make Them Dance, it is stunning, superbly crafted and so exquisite it brought a tear to my eye. There are really no words left but effusive congratulations to the woman in question, one to watch as her star and unique style keep rising and shining. 

Words by Oratile Mashazi.

Photography by Tatyana Levana.

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