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EP Review: "Peace" - Roses & Revolutions

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Roses & Revolutions latest EP shares a cohesive message of heartache and pain through the six unforgettable tracks. Peace is a flawless alt-pop record with whimsy folk and soft rock influences sprinkled throughout the project. From the whimsical soundscape of “Question” to the energetic production of “You and Me”, Peace has something for everyone. With stunning vocals and mesmerizing guitars, Roses & Revolutions has crafted an incredible EP that fans will have playing on repeat.


Track List

Question

Power

Seasons

Peace

You and Me

Still Standing (Our Version)


Roses & Revolutions is an alt-pop duo consisting of lead vocalist, Alyssa Coco, and instrumentalist and producer, Matt Merritt. They formed in 2017 and released their debut EP, Winter Solstice. This holiday project features two original tracks and three classic Christmas songs. The following year they released their self-titled EP, which contained only original tracks written by the duo. Peace marks the band’s 7th EP, excluding a stripped EP and a remixed EP of their self-titled project. Coco and Merritt show no signs of slowing down, releasing astounding tracks every year for their listeners to enjoy. Peace is no exception, captivating existing fans and reeling in new audiences, showcasing their longevity in the industry.


Question

The powerful duo kicked off their EP with a deeply vulnerable track about the inevitable end of a relationship. The song opens with Coco’s stunning voice singing the chorus, instantly introducing the listener to the somber storyline. Throughout the track, the narrator details a relationship they once believed was perfect and pure. But things began to deteriorate and their partner left them for another woman. The acoustic folk soundscape beautifully complements Coco’s ethereal vocals, crafting a flawless opening track for the wonderous project.



Power

The whimsical atmosphere continues with “Power”. The song is about the aftermath of a relationship when all you want to do is move on, but you realize the tight hold this person has on you. With the soothing guitar and soft synth beat, the production lulls the listener into a peaceful soundscape. Meanwhile, Coco’s voice reveals the vulnerable lyrics. She wonders if she holds the same power over her former partner, or if they have moved on as easily as she wishes she had. Furthermore, her lyrics showcase the internal battle she has with herself as she sings: “But I know better than to get back together with you// I know better than to never say never.” These two lines contradict one another, as the singer immediately takes back the former statement in the latter. This is just another example of how powerless she is when it comes to her subject, showcasing the duo’s brilliant songwriting.



Seasons

By the third track, audiences are able to sense the common theme of heartbreak, loss, and longing throughout the project. While “Seasons” has a more upbeat, joyful production, the lyrics maintain the solemn message. Throughout the song, Roses & Revolutions shares the story of leaving a relationship you have outgrown. While there is still a fondness for the one you love, you realize that you are better off as friends. Life has many seasons, and when those seasons change, some people are not meant to join you. “Seasons” contains the classic folksy-pop instrumentation that is making a resurgence in the mainstream, representing the band’s ability to appeal to the general public while upholding their individualistic sound.



Peace

“Peace” contains a more pop soundscape with an infectious synth production. However, the lyrics are utterly heartbreaking, catching the listener off guard. Roses & Revolutions kicks off the song with Coco singing the first verse: “I’ve never been so tired// But I don’t want to die alone// Never felt so undesired// I guess maybe I should go.” These lines immediately transport the listener into the singer’s desolate headspace, sharing her insecurities and fears surrounding life and relationships. In the chorus, she continues with the reveal of the gut-wrenching hook: “You’ve never been so cold// I just need to know// When you were with me// Was there ever peace?” Sitting in the aftermath of a breakup, Coco has begun questioning the entire relationship—wondering if they were ever happy. The passion behind her voice paired with the electrifying instrumentation instantly made “Peace” my favorite song on the project.



You and Me

“You and Me” continues the whimsical soundscape with the bouncy folk-pop production that effortlessly captivates audiences. The song looks back on a relationship in a positive manner – with nostalgia and wonder rather than hurt and resentment. In the chorus, Coco sings: “It’s always been you and me// Sittin’ in a tree// Waiting for time to pass delicately// It’s just you and me// Now you’re free.” All this couple had ever known was each other, hinting that they only stayed together for the sake of comfort and familiarity. But now, Coco announces to her partner that they are free to leave. They no longer need to be tethered to one another due to their fear of the unknown. Instead, they can let go and move on. Facing the inevitable end of a relationship is hard, but the two know they are better off apart and once they make the first move to separate, they will both rejoice in the freedom.



Still Standing (Our Version)

The closing track is a new version of the duo’s 2020 song, “Still Standing”. This version features Sam Tsui and Casey Breves, bringing in additional voices for harmonies. Coco’s stunning voice beautifully blends with Tsui and Breves, crafting a flawless collaboration. The vocals lead the song with a soft acoustic guitar strumming in the background. The track shares a powerful message of resilience. The lyrics showcase the narrator standing their ground and not letting the rollercoaster of life tear them down. Instead, they hold onto their confidence and strength, emphasizing their ability to brave the toughest battles. “Still Standing (Our Version)” is an empowering message that encourages listeners to fight for themselves and to always be proud of their courage.



Roses & Revolutions have proven their unmistakable talent with their timeless soundscapes and relatable lyrics. Every listener has the chance to see their own life in these songs, resonating with the vulnerable storylines and poetic words. Coco and Merritt have once again showcased how well they work together. Their individual talents beautifully accentuate one another, forming a flawless soundscape. Together, Roses & Revolutions are on their way to becoming the next big folk-pop band. Follow them on all social media platforms to stay up to date with any new releases!


Written By Karlee Skipper


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