Rising Star Rosie H Sullivan Unveils Ethereal Debut EP ‘123º East’

February 3, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Talented singer-songwriter Rosie H Sullivan has released her eagerly anticipated debut EP 123° East today, 3rd February. The record includes her four most recent singles, which were met with widespread acclaim across the Scottish music scene and is a heartfelt product of self-discovery and creative reflection.

Through Rosie’s impeccable voice, elegant lyricism and intuitive songwriting skills, the honest stories she shares within her music never fail to draw listeners in and feel wholly relatable in their meaning.

Listen to 123° East:

123° East is named after the exact coordinates from where Rosie grew up on the Isle of Lewis, to where her family moved in mainland Banchory when she was a teen; a fitting title for her debut EP which was inspired, in part, by the journey from island to urban living.

The promising young musician, now based in Edinburgh, has been creating music since her early teenage years and is a natural-born storyteller. Now in her 20s, she writes about what she knows and how she feels and has a similar ethereal musical style to the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Laura Marling and Elliott Smith.

Rosie’s breakthrough came in 2021 with her debut single, So It Is, which she captured in just one take in her parent’s garden. Released in demo form, the single has gone on to pass 400,000 streams on Spotify.

The closing number and only unreleased track on the five-track EP, To Live, is a song about balancing lessons from the past with hopes for the future and coming to terms with the fact that some things are out of your control.

Her beautiful single So I’ve Been Toldwhich illustrates how grief and heartbreak can affect people in different ways, made it onto Spotify UK’s New Music Friday playlist and was named Single of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show.

Other stand-out tracks from the EP include the uplifting Expectationsa song about feeling one with nature, Lights, which also made it onto Spotify UK’s New Music Friday playlist and was inspired by the strong and happy relationships Rosie has witnessed throughout her life, and What a Life, which references the hindsight and heartbreak of ending a relationship and leaving home.

Rosie is now recording with Nettwerk and has recently enjoyed a successful tour across Scotland which showcased her stunning new music, including a sell-out gig at Glasgow’s King Tut’s and a coveted support slot at this year’s Celtic Connections.

Rosie H Sullivan said: “This collection of songs was born during a period of time when I was pouring all of my efforts into being creative and writing music. It was a time that essentially ended one chapter of my life and started the next; I was leaving the place I had grown up, and the familiarities which had comforted me for most of my life. Like many people, I struggle with change, and these feelings often fuel my writing. The songs feel a bit like a jigsaw puzzle that all fit together to form what is now 123° East.

“I’m extremely proud of this EP and it feels incredible to finally put it out into the world. The entire recording process, particularly working with my producer Ross Hamilton, was incredible, and playing it live on tour was a dream come true.”

123° East Tracklisting:

So I’ve Been Told

What a Life



To Live

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