VIDEO PREMIERE: Rose Hotel unveils entrancing video
‘Honestly, One Thing’ shows growth and reflection soaked in ‘70s soft rock
As a solo artist, Jordan Reynolds enraptured audiences with her angelic voice and guitar in Rose Hotel. The young singer/songwriter ushered listeners through times of bereavement and introspection with 2016’s EP Always a Good Reason. Since then, Rose Hotel has evolved into a full band featuring Tyler Jundt (horns, auxiliary percussion, keyboard), John Restivo (drums), Vinny Restivo (bass), Tymb Gratz (guitar), and Mike Varner (pedal steel guitar), offering two previously released songs remastered and mixed into one wholly new experience, titled “Honestly, One Thing.”
Reynolds tells the story as an avante-garde short film directed by Hannah Welever (Kappa Force) and edited by Allie O’Keeffe and Lindsay Rynne. Together, these two songs capture a story arc about a relationship coming to an end — a rollercoaster ride in itself rendered with melancholy.
With “One Thing,” Reynolds illustrates her internal struggles as she tries to communicate with a lover. “It’s me trying to figure it out,” Reynolds says. “I’m trying to tell you things but you’re not hearing them.”
The video flips between day-to-day activities such as making coffee, playing guitar, and washing dishes. Although seemingly mundane, everyday tasks now have a heavier weight when a relationship is coming to an end.
“Honestly” finds resolution for Jordan, as the song embraces life after the breakup. Dancer Nina Newkirk circles Reynolds, bending and moving with phantom-like gestures that personify Jordan’s emotional state. “Sometimes your emotions are hard to describe on a verbal level, or people don’t want to hear them,” Reynolds says.
These new songs propel Reynolds songwriting forward, reflecting a gentle, darker mood, but the full band gives the songs a rock ’n’ roll feel. A new record has been mastered, and is due out soon. Regardless of whether Rose Hotel treks on as a group, duo, or solo projects, Reynolds sounds will carry on, saturated in '70s soft rock, and melting the heart of anyone within earshot of her billowing voice.
Rose Hotel plays Irrelevant Music Fest. $15-$17. 7 p.m. Thurs., July 19. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-228-6769. www.529atlanta.com.