Rose Carrousel is a singer-songwriter who crafts whimsical, shimmery folktronica. Unguarded, intimate, optimistic story telling mixes with shimmery, glitchy electronica,vintage beats, acoustic instruments and subtle harmonies to make her folktronica and lo-fi electro. She writes, records and produces her heart-on-sleeve, melody laced creations.
Stories of love and friendship are spun into folklore metaphors and half-imagined conversations with wild creatures in tracks like "Wildnerness".
She is joined on stage by the lovely Jess who sews new beautiful things live, yes with a sewing machine.
Home-made mechatronic sound controllers filter the sounds of sewing machines and other household domestic items in some songs to infuse her sound palate with organic textures.
The name Rose Carrousel is inspired by the ideas of looking at the world through rose coloured glasses...the way a carousel turns and spins and offers constantly new perspectives. And Rose Carrousel references the French spelling to connect her affection for the joy of French culture and the original carousel in Montmartre that inspired her name.
Rose Carrousel is the first solo project for folktronica producer Heidi Millington, who has been producing electronic music since 2005.
Merging art and science, she is developing a light-sensitive sound filtering invention called “NatureTron” as part of the "Nature Synth" project for investigating how people engage with voice and the sounds of nature. This project has been assisted by Donna Hewitt, Toby Gifford, Anthony Smith, Doug Ward and Sharmila Nezovic.
She has performed or released in France, England, the USA, Slovakia, and Australia. She has been Highly Commended in the Queensland Song of the Year (2012, 2013). Her track “Street Lights” was selected for inclusion on "Twelve: The Best of IMP’s 100 Songs Project 2011" (part of QUT’s Independent Music Project (IMP)) and her track “Little Beat” was nominated for a QSong Award (2008). Through the Lady Electronic collective (http://www.ladyelectronica.com/) she is a successful Australia Council and Arts Queensland grant recipient. She has been mentored by and collaborated with Wally De Backer, Quan Yeomans, Scott Horscroft, Lawrence English, Julian Knowles, Donna Hewitt, Phil Graham, Mike Howlett, Carly Dickenson, Liam Griffin and others. She uses Ableton Live software. Her vocal and production styles have been compared with New Buffalo, Stars, The Postal Service and Beach House.
Rose Carrousel’s tracks