‘Find Me Out’ is the fourth solo single from ex-Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall, released at the beginning of the month through Leeds imprint Dance To The Radio. Described by Rose as “a bit of a strange choice for a single”, she says it was “time to show another side” to her upcoming debut album Without Why (out August 30 through Scarlett Records).
And sure enough, this resignedly seductive little number is big on the slow-burn and stands out a mile from the big-hearted sophisti-pop of previous releases. There’s even a wee bit of cornet, courtesy of British Sea Power’s Phil Sumner. In the accompanying video, Dougall dons her best sadface and heavy eye makeup and strikes coy, moody poses against a backdrop of projected images of cityscapes and paper lanterns.
In an interview with Under The Radar, Dougall revealed that the inspiration for the album title came from a line by 17th century German poet Silesius: The rose is without why / She blooms because she blooms. “It’s a lot to do with the idea of things happening without necessarily anyone caring,” she explained. “When I was doing the record, it was like, ‘No one really gives a shit if I make this or not, so I’ve got to find a way of justifying this process for myself.’ And it’s also related to the fact that it exists even if no one ever hears it. That’s kind of what I was thinking about.”
Having just completed a run of live shows in support of the single, Dougall’s next move will be to perform at the Lounge On The Farm weekend festival in Canterbury on July 11. Other acts include Sarah Blasko, Gaggle, First Aid Kit, Peggy Sue, Jesca Hoop, Lulu & The Lampshades, 6 Day Riot and Veronica Falls, to name but a few.