For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Mark Rose!
2010 saw former/occasional Spitalfield frontman Mark Rose not only regroup with his acclaimed Chicago power-pop band for a pair of one-off performances, but also continue on his path as a mature adult pop troubadour with the release of this past summer’s Separate EP. Speaking with CVU, the frontman and solo artist delved into his current focus – his most ambitious undertaking in years.
“Kicking of 2011, I’m working on my debut solo full length — aiming for a late Spring or early Summer release,” the Chicago music scene veteran reveals. “I’m currently in the pre-production phase, before official tracking begins towards the end of February. I’m excited to be returning to the studio with Sean O’Keefe, who I haven’t worked with since recording Spitalfield’s “Remember Right Now” back in 2003. I’ve enjoyed writing and touring these past few years, helping me to figure out the direction I want to take my music. I’m trying to blend my singer/songwriter style with some unique instrumentation and production. One of my favorite things, thus far, about doing solo material is being able to experiment with different players, sounds & styles. A lot of my favorite songwriters & performers (Peter Gabriel, Lindsey Buckingham, John Mayer) are able to incorporate many different elements and genres within their music, all while still giving it their own sound. That’s a personal goal of mine — to have “a sound”. I’m really looking forward to putting this album together. I haven’t worked on a full length record since 2006–and I think I’m ready.”
For a completely unexpected offering, download Rose’s breathy studio cover of Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” by right-clicking below. (Seriously!)