Rozi Plain’s music is great in any weather, but it always seems to be cloudy mornings where she works her way most effectively under your surface. Her newest single, “Prove Your Good,” prods your thoughts in the gentle way that Plain knows best. The gentle synths and soft drum and guitar lines create the flow of a slow, old river, guiding the song as Plain unravels her thought process. At its core, the song holds a precarious balance, felt in the traveling synths and the question/answer format, heard again and again, as Rozi asking and a choir answers, “What do we want? / LESS / Do you want more? YES.” Although it works through such turmoil, the song itself always maintains a sense of steady direction. In her words, “‘Prove Your Good’ is thinking about the often silent fight within us. Trying to become good, trying to not be bad. Feeling judged and judging ourselves.” It is typical Plain, making the universal and the scary somehow come to your door in a comforting manner.
There is room in the track to reflect; although the lyrics dictate the struggle between less and more, Plain has never had the problem of overcrowding. Especially on this track, she strips it back to give the listener all the space they need, with lots of room between eerie harmonies to breathe. This is the second single off her album PRIZE, out Jan. 13, 2023, on Memphis Industries.
“Prove Your Good” is the second single from PRIZE after “Agreeing for Two,” which Paste praised as one of September’s best songs.
You can listen to the single (plus a 2016 session from the Paste archives) and find her tour dates below.
Rozi Plain UK/Ireland Tour Dates 2023:
28 – Chester @ St. Marys
29 – Glasgow @ Celtic Connections, Drygate Theatre
31 York @ The Crescent
01 – Hull @ Adelphi
02 – Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
03 – Falmouth @ The Cornish Bank
04 – Totnes @ St. Marys
28 – Manchester @ YES Pink Room
01 – Dublin @ Workmans Club
02 – Bangor @ The Court House
03 – Waterford @ Phil Grimes
04 – Ballydehob @ Levis Corner House
07 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
09 – Newcastle @ Star & Shadow
10 – Cambridge @ Portland Arms
11 – Margate @ Olbys
12 – Brighton @ Hope & Ruin
14 – London @ Studio 9294