Pop Prince Blake Rose Confronts Loneliness On Addictive New Single "Lost"

Pop Prince Blake Rose Confronts Loneliness On Addictive New Single "Lost"

When we first fell for Blake Rose, the Aussie-raised, LA-based singer-songwriter had just dropped his debut single “Hotel Room,” an electric pop anthem that skyrocketed him to success as an emerging force on the radio-pop scene.

Now, just a few months after that release, Blake follows it up with “Lost,” a tender effort. Reworked to perfection, Blake took his time crafting a narrative that was important to him. See what he told us about “Lost” below.

‘Lost’ is a realization of letting someone go who you never should have. I wanted to give a specific and visual ride through this emotion by describing that emptiness you feel when stumbling upon reliving certain moments in your life that you once shared together, realizing how lost you are without that person.

At the time of writing this, I was going through a somewhat similar situation which I was drawing inspiration from — I was stuck in the turmoil of whether to keep trying to make something work or whether to just let this person go. That internal push-and-pull became a big part of the song lyrically and built the concept of the verses. The chorus then became a release of emotional frustration where I decide, in a moment of clarity, that I’m not going to watch something that means so much to me fizzle away in a brew of hesitation and overthinking. I deliberately left this story open and hopeful as that’s the way I felt at the time.

The first idea for ‘Lost’ was the guitar riff. I was chatting to my roommate, Bmike, whilst mindlessly strumming on my guitar. I was so focused on the conversation that I had no idea what I was playing but as soon as my attention shifted I instantly heard what I had been subconsciously creating for the past ten minutes, which was the main riff. The next day I tracked the idea and began producing out the track. All I added at first was a kick-drum, bass guitar, tambourine, and a simple “chi-kah-ahh” vocal percussion part which I beat-boxed into the microphone. Soon after this my other roommate Joel Adams came home and we instantly started riffing melodies. It didn’t take very long to come up with the melodic structure for the song thanks to Joel’s help but after we had that, I really took my time to get the lyrics right. I re-wrote the verses about 3 or 4 times and the chorus probably 6 or 7 times because I really wanted the lyrics to lock in with the track and compliment the melody while still holding the level of depth and narrative I wanted. It was a very tricky sweet spot to find but I got there.

“Lost” opens with that groovy guitar riff Blake mentioned — layered strums rolling in steady waves — before his soft vocals come in delivering a clipped first verse dissecting the disquietude of returning home to an empty bed. Soon, the pulse of percussion emerges and smooth rhythms start to double up once Blake hits the chorus with his emotive falsetto. Most of the track is a balanced composition, thrumming along to the insistent pace set by that twangy guitar riff and kick-drum, but sometimes the arrangement blooms a little to welcome a more robust assembly of pulsing, throbbing rhythms. Blake’s stirring vocals move seamlessly throughout the earnest indie-pop world he’s built — “Lost” is straight from the soul, one of those tracks designed to cut right to the core like Blake tugged it up out of your own chest.

Watch the music video for “Lost” below and connect with Blake Rose on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Featured photo of Blake Rose by Cameron Postforoosh

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