Meet Rodes Rollins. The Los Angeles-via-New York artist first arrived with a feature on global club/dance artist Branko‘s track “Out Of Sight (So Right)” last year. Today, she makes her official solo debut, with the release of her stunning first single “Young & Thriving,” premiering exclusively via Billboard.
Much like the ephemeral tremelo of her guitar, the track tells a tale of the fleeting nature of beauty and youth — part spaghetti western, part psychedelic — and recalls the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Lana Del Rey, and Angel Olsen. Warpaint‘s Stella Mozgawa also plays drums on the tune, which appears off the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming EP Young Adult, produced by Alex Goose (Kevin Gates, Weezer).
“I wrote ‘Young & Thriving’ in the middle of the night last summer in L.A. It was one of those songs that almost came to me in a dream,” she tells Billboard. “It conveys a broad theme of the EP — that is, the creation, experience, and the subsequent undoing, of formative moments and relationships that make up one’s youth. Whereas the other songs are more specific and anecdotal in nature, ‘Young & Thriving’ communicates a broader narrative. These moments that I try to encapsulate throughout the EP have been incredibly powerful and impactful to me as I’ve come into young adulthood. And at the same time, as a song like ‘Y&T’ reflects, I know that they are only momentary building blocks along the way towards a much greater narrative.”