ROE has today premiered her new single titled ‘Cruel’. Delicately raucous from the start and a reinvention of the self into, what I think, is her true self.
Hitting close to the mark with content describing what we’ve all been through, ‘Cruel’ is a thank you for self-realization and a fuck you to that gaslighting narcissist we all know and are thinking about when we heard ‘Cruel’. And, if you haven’t gone through what I’m talking about, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a really catchy fucking song.
Devastatingly sincere and relatable, ROE is a songwriter that pours her heart into every word that she writes. Her work spills truths from her own life, and from speculations on the planet on which we exist.
Hailing from Derry, NI, ROE left college before finishing to travel the world playing festivals and to focus on writing songs that felt real. Her 2020 EP ‘Things We Don’t Talk About’ saw ROE cross 1 million streams on Spotify and is the culmination of 4 years of relentless writing, releasing and touring as a completely independent artist.
At 18-years-old she received a coveted slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2017, which led her on to perform across Europe, North America, India and beyond; supporting local legends Snow Patrol on their 2018/19 UK Arena Tour. The winner of Best Emerging Artist – Northern Ireland Music Prize, 2018 and recipient of the PRS Foundation Momentum Fund, 2020, ROE’s music has been used as part of a TV and radio campaign for BBC Music NI, in ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’, Channel 4’s ‘Made in Chelsea’ and Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’.
With her previous releases, she has gained extensive support and plays from BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6 Music, regular playlisting across Irish radio on RTE2FM and Today FM, and her monthly listeners on Spotify continue to grow.
With plans to debut a new sound and live show, the coming months and years look set to be the most exciting and significant yet for ROE.
‘Things We Don’t Talk About’ was released on 21st August 2020 on all streaming platforms and limited edition 10” vinyl (available on ROEs website).
‘Cruel’ was released today on all platforms.
Featured image by Ciara McMullan Photography.