Rose Elinor Dougall needs less introducing than you'd imagine, given she used to be Rosay Pipette. That was cast off a year ago and she's now developing into a psych-electro-folk-pop singer-songwriter of great promise, an album vouched for come summer. And this is her:
First single bought: Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do (jesus...)
First album bought: Blur - The Great Escape, but before that I had been given 100% Dance by my cousin which included hits such as 2 Unlimited etc... wish I still had that...
First gig voluntarily attended: Divine Comedy at the Brixton Academy. Still one of the best gigs I've ever been to, he had an orchestra and it was amazing. Fin de Siecle had just come out.
The record that most made you want to get into music: I'm not sure because I don't remember the moment I decided that. I guess all of the records I was exposed to when I was small by my parents, like Joni Mitchell and John Martyn, amongst a whole load of other stuff, and watching people like Pulp on Top of the Pops.
A song not enough people know about but everyone should hear: Who Knows Where the Time Goes by Sandy Denny, but it has to be the version off Unhalfbricking.
A song you'd play to get people dancing: Black Cat by Broadcast. Or maybe Spread by Outkast... Or maybe 2 Unlimited..
The last great thing you heard: Well, John Martyn died today (as in the day she did this) which is just the saddest news, and I was listening to the radio and they played One Day Without You from some BBC session he did in the seventies, and it was just bloody great... and then it was followed by the Pigeon Detectives or some shit which rather ruined the vibe.
Your key non-musical influences: I was working in this bar until recently and one of the best things about it was that you got to observe all of these different people interacting with each other or dancing or crying or whatever, and especially when alcohol is involved, it just heightens the extremities of human behaviour. I get a lot of ideas from watching... hell is other people, I think Sartre said. Otherwise paintings and stories. I'm particularly enjoying Richard Yates at the moment, he seems to really understand how to portray human frailty in a very unsentimental but perceptive way.
Your favourite new artist: I'm quite looking forward to getting my hands on the Telepathe record.
As well as a few gigs in London and one in Cardiff in February, Dougall is supporting British Sea Power on their two date tour.