Electronic Press Kit
for the song But Not Now by Major of Roses
that is released October 12 on streaming services.

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But Not Now

Artist: Major of Roses
Music and Lyrics: Magnus Rosell
Release day: October 12, 2022

A contemplative guitar based pop song with jazz inspired timing reiterating the age old wisdom of focusing on the now.
 
The lyrics
Last august Magnus got pericarditis and was bedridden for a month, and not fully recovered until Christmas. The lyrics of But Not Now contains some of his thoughts during that time, expressing gratitude towards those who cared for and helped him through it, and reflecting ancient wisdom. Everything fades away and we really only have the present, the now…
 
The Music
The music was written before Magnus became ill, during the spring and summer of 2022. “I was playing around with a simple, but syncopated guitar chord pattern, and started to sing on top of that, wanting to be as free as possible with rhythm and timing. After some time I hade a melody I liked, but the only lyric idea I had was the initial ‘Would you stay, if I asked’. I didn’t know where that would lead until I got ill.”
 

This text is from the about section on my website.

Major of Roses is the artist name of independent singer, songwriter, and producer Magnus Rosell, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His sound is a unique combination of pop melodies and rock grit, echoing the work of artists as diverse as David Bowie, Elvis Costello, St. Vincent, and Massive Attack to mention but a few. All is tied together by a deep voice reminding of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.
 
Major of Roses is a one man creation, from song writing to production, the cover designs and the videos. All is made at home, true do-it-yourself, and represents the culmination of many years of spare time passion. Each song is a statement in itself and has not been finished until it found its form, and does not always adhere to a standard pop song structure. Although many of the songs are superficially simple the production is mostly very detailed.
 
Major of Roses has been making music his whole life, but started releasing music in November, 2017. The first full album, Cornerstone, was released in June 2018. The title track is a catchy throwback to 50ies rock and roll, with a modern touch, that suggests there are a lot of great inspiration to be found in the past. “There’s a reason for the classics to be called the classics”.  Among the other songs there are “Pry“, a desperate song that revels in space and understatement, and “Who Could Ask For More?” which is celebrating a relaxed life through an extreme use of double tracking, featuring several vocals on top of each other. “Albatross” tells the story of a man who wakes up one morning and starts to fly, believing he is an albatross, while “Slow Down“, with its industrial sounding backgrounds, assures you there is no reason to be pushed around.
 
In 2021 Major of Roses released the single “Boy Oh Boy“, a seriously playful song in which the singer remembers his childhood when looking at an old photo. It was followed by a playful video in 2022, where a plastic bus from the singers childhood plays a central role.
 
Music by Major of Roses is available on all major streaming services and more. Choose how to listen here.

Lyrics

But Not Now
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Music and Lyrics: Magnus Rosell

 
Would you stay
if I asked,
for as long as we can make this moment last?
What we plan
for tomorrow
soon will fade away like yesterday,
but not now.
 
A naive
observation
yet profound as anything you’ll ever learn.
Time will tell,
time will take,
take away everything.
 
Let go of the past.
Leave the future to be.
’cause all will fade,
but not now.
 
Heart beating repeating fleeting now.
Breath breathing recurring stirring now.
 
Hold my hand,
hold this moment,
help me hold on to the confidence of now.
No regrets,
no tomorrow.
Let it be as of now.
 
Let go of the past.
Leave the future to be.
’cause all will fade,
yes all will fade,
all fade away,
but not now, 
but not now.
 

Some Previous Press

Mystic Sons: Swedish frontman blends the dark styles of Tom Waits and David Bowie on his debut single.

Santa Rosa Records: On his soulful ”Who Could Ask For More?” Magnus advocates for a more relaxed view of life.

Dancing About Architecture: It [Pry] is a song confident enough in its own skin to take its time, which revels in restraint and underplay, often as interested in what is happening between the notes as the sounds themselves.

more more sound: The background music of “Slow Down” has almost an industrial tone, which makes me think of groups such as Nine Inch Nails or Bauhaus. However, the style is decidedly more minimalistic, and the singer’s great low-key, full-bodied vocals have a way to share a message with unique words and phrasing! Major of Roses could be compared to “Low-era” David Bowie, or perhaps, to artists like Lou Reed. His vision is experimental, but also accessible, and more important, this song is driven by an interesting and personal concept that is really eye-opening and intriguing!

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