“You and I are just roses, after all; beautiful in our imperfections, and timeless despite our impermanence.” – Xoller
Dark pop princess Xoller is back with another elegant single, ‘A Rose.’ Perhaps her most classic song yet, the tune follows a clean, familiar melody that hangs in the atmosphere like a lullaby. Xoller was inspired by Gertrude Stein’s 1913 poem ‘Sacred Emily,’ which notes the simplicity of a rose in all its metaphorical context. It is just a rose.
Xoller is known for her vulnerable, emotional pop, and this is no exception. At a sharp three minutes, ‘A Rose’ is engaging and nostalgic, practically begging the listener to listen again. Co-written with Jack Ventimiglia, the lyrics in this ballad could easily be read as a poem as it describes the memory of love morphing over time. Different versions appear and reappear, as does the imagery of the rose in Stein’s poem.
“When we think about people we’ve loved in the past, they often have a dreamy film over them; always just a little out of focus,” Xoller explains. “When it’s all said and done, you and I are just roses, after all; beautiful in our imperfections, and timeless despite our impermanence.”
Xoller will be performing at Hot Shot Muffler in Los Angeles on July 26th and until then, you can put ‘A Rose’ on repeat and follow her musings on Instagram.
Words by Ariana Tibi