Bess Atwell Shares New Single ‘Time Comes In Roses’

British singer and songwriter Bess Atwell has just shared her brand new single Time Comes In Roses, a lovely indie-folk song out now Lucy Rose’s Real Kind Records.

I am a fan of her expressive vocal delivery that infuses the song with both a vulnerable and powerful touch that I find quite captivating. Like its predecessors, Time Comes In Roses sees Bess take the conventional acoustic / singer-songwriter aesthetic and transform it into something far more enticing throughout. I am very fond of the intricate acoustic guitars that are nicely intertwined with emotive piano chords, lush strings and subtle percussion which create a warm and intimate atmosphere on which her sensational voice and storytelling soar. You can really feel each and every single word she's singing  and the song's overall emotional and laid-back atmosphere makes it perfect for those relaxing and introspective days home alone. Quite an enthralling listening experience that you can check out below!



Speaking about the new song, she said,

I spent the first lockdown living back with my parents. I was privileged to be in the countryside with access to a garden, but it was also very challenging as someone who has a complicated relationship with their family. I kept to myself as much as possible, in the garden and out walking. As someone who has previously avoided self-sufficiency it was a time of personal growth and learning how to deal with my anxiety alone.

As the weather started to shift into summer, I remember being struck by how defiantly the seasons ignored the disruption of the pandemic. It felt like summer hadn’t been told it was now uninvited, and I found its arrival comforting and sad all at once.

It feels disingenuous to say that I didn’t think anyone would ever hear this song, but I made a conscious decision to write it just for me, ignoring my usual rules around what is “too self-indulgent” or honest. It’s a reflection on quite an ugly side of me, which is liberating. It feels like the most vulnerable, and yet exciting, release of my career so far. 

 I wanted to film a sparse live performance of the song, rather than a music video. It’s a unique stream of consciousness that I felt lends itself to a performance, rather than trying to contextualise it visually. I didn’t realise that it was quite so important to me to keep the performance very personal until my guitarist offered to sing backing vocals and I instantly declined!