She also decided to try recording sessions in Nashville, citing country favorites like Ray Charles’s version of “Georgia on My Mind” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”: “I just wanted to go back and study the basics of a great song.”
She went on to record in Los Angeles at Revival at the Complex, a studio built by Earth, Wind & Fire. It has vintage analog gear, including a rare 1970s reverb unit she’s particularly fond of, which was also used by Fleetwood Mac in its heyday. “She’s very technical,” says Phelps, her co-producer. “She learns every plugin, everything that’s important for performance. You would really be amazed at how meticulous she is in curating or building the experience she gives you.
The songs Baby Rose chose for ‘Through and Through’ paint a clear story: a reluctant breakup followed by abandonment, a new affair that starts in a club, a sober reality check and the realization – in ‘Stop the Bleeding’, the grim emotional peak — that she is in “a cycle of sabotage” that she must transcend.
The album’s ghostly sound—immediate yet echo-like, refusing to be sharply digital—was a careful choice. “The sonics I go for are very ethereal, because I just want that little bit of subliminal energy,” said Baby Rose. “I like to bridge the golden age of eras that I often listen to — the ’70s, ’80s, ’60s — and then also understand where we are, and how much things have grown, and how much autonomy we have lately.”
Instead of samples and programming, the album relies primarily on hand-played instruments, with songs often drawn from studio jams. But analog or digital, Baby Rose is determined not to hold back. “When I was a kid, I was given the worst advice ever,” she said, “and that’s that you have to pretend you’re something that doesn’t enter your mind. And then when you make it, you can pop out like a Trojan horse.
“But I’ve always had an innate calling to be very vulnerable and visceral in my writing,” she added. “And so I’m not doing this just because it’s in me, but it shows me little that you make it, you connect with people by doing you. You do you.”