Roxanne de Bastion

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By her own admission, Roxanne de Bastion was a “weird kid”. Smiling at the memory today, she recalls, “Being really frustrated with myself around the age of seven or eight and saying to my musician dad… ‘But when am I going to write a song?’ And he would just say, ‘You’ll write a song when you’ve got something to say.’ Take your time, it’s fine.” These words of reassurance are set to be proven prophetic with the release of Roxanne’s second album, You And Me, We Are The Same, a record that sees the now London-based singer- songwriter finding her authentic voice, while channelling the pain of her father’s death last year.

Thematically, the record proves wide-ranging in its focus, finding Roxanne warning society against repeating past horrors and ruminating on the perils of underestimating people, inspired by the story of megasavant Kim Peek.

This approach is reflected beautifully in a record that ultimately examines what it means to be human, and that does so with the utmost sensitivity. And with it, Roxanne de Bastion has not only done justice to the memory of her late-father, but has cemented her status as a vital voice in the singer-songwriter sphere.

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