Glam rock/rock opera/new wave outfit Rose Tiger recently released their single/music video “Could Be a Fantasy,” a track from Act 1, The Shallows, of Rose Tiger’s three-act album, The End Forever. The Shallows is slated to drop on March 2.
The End Forever is an epic trilogy narrating a world where robots, dinosaurs, and humans cohabitate in an underground milieu. Recorded in London by producer Richie Kennedy (Celeste, The Murder Capital, White Lies, Suede), The End Forever blends elements of glam rock, new wave, and rock opera into music reminiscent of David Bowie and Queen.
Introduced in 2017, Rose Tiger is the brainchild of French artist Cyprien “Wendy” Jacquet, who played with Serpent and Jehnny Beth. After releasing two EPs, Wendy relocated to London, where he began writing his first rock opera. Joined by Irene Gonzalez and Domi Hawken, Rose Tiger’s sound abandoned ‘80s synths and drum machines for guitars, bass, and drums – when British rock ruled.
“Could Be a Fantasy” opens on a low-slung guitar riding tight percussion as a delicious female voice imbues the tune with wistful, baroque timbres. When the music ramps up, conjuring up suggestions of Queen, swanky leitmotifs, and grandiose dynamics, along with three-part harmonies give the tune stylish auras of operatic rock.
The song culminates in heaving waves of coloration topped by an incandescent guitar.
The video, directed by Pablo Padovani is shot in dark colors highlighted by focused luminosity, depicts Rose Tiger performing onstage. Dazzling, ornate guitars deliver spellbinding tones as Wendy’s Churrigueresque drum kit provides flash and flicker.
“Could Be a Fantasy” is superb, harking back to the heady days of Bowie and Queen when multifaceted rock opera bewitched listeners.