Ursa Major Revelation is a brand new indie-pop project helmed by songwriter/vocalist Ursula Rose and guitarist Dylan Rau of Bear Hands. The duo finally share their debut EP, Big Baby, on which Ursula Rose documents a recent “major revelation” she’d had — that her life can be summarized as a map of the men she has loved, with each of the three tracks documenting the three major loves of her life.
The story behind the full EP’s creation is described by Ursula Rose as such:
“My songwriting career started when Dylan and I first moved in with each other. He was making his next Bear Hands album Fake Tunes and asked me for some writing help. That is the origin story of our song ‘Blue Lips’ and a few others on that album. I guess after experiencing the sensation of performing ‘Blue Lips’ for crowds with Dylan while touring with Bear Hands, we started to believe that Ursa Major Revelation could be a thing.
When our lease was up on our apartment, we rented a 1 bedroom cabin in Joshua Tree for a week. Because our car was already packed with all of our stuff, Dylan was able to set up a music studio in the kitchen area. For that 1 week, we didn’t have any wifi, just a bunch of books, the Lord of the Rings trilogy on DVD and some music gear, and obviously a bunch of food supplies, weed, and maybe some psychedelics. We would write music all day and then reward ourselves with dinner and we were only allowed to watch half of each LOTR movie a night so, after 6 nights, we had watched the entire trilogy and finished writing the Big Baby EP.
As far as the pie chart goes for combining mine and Dylan’s talents, he would hand me some of his instrumentals and I would churn out the lyrics/vocals. He would usually tweak some of my word choices or melodies and then he would write the rest of the instrumentals. A year later we were working as farmers and living in an old house on the Oregon Coast which is where we recorded everything on the Big Baby EP. During that time we roped in our friend and fellow musician Chris Chu (The Morning Benders, Pop ETC) to help produce and he added his own flavors to each song.”
Big Baby EP – TRACKLISTING:
01. Tar Pits
02. Big Baby
03. Widow’s GlowPreceded by singles “Tar Pits” and “Big Baby,” Ursa Major Revelation‘s Big Baby EP is rounded out today with the release of a brand new video for focus track, “Widow’s Glow,” coordinated by Laser Days Studio.
Speaking on the track and its origins as a tribute to one of the great loves of her life, Rose wrote the following:
“The Odyssey is an ancient epic poem about this one warrior dude and his insane journey (saga) trying to return home after fighting a war a million miles away. The trip ended up taking him 10 years and everything that could go wrong did but eventually he made it home. His life was forever changed and he was never the same. This happened to me when the love of my life, Evan Scofield, literally died in my arms when we were 25 years old. He was majorly sick with cancer for 2 years and I was his main caretaker. His amazing family supported us throughout that time but as you can imagine this experience changed me forever. Even though I wasn’t the sick one, after he died I felt like I had just survived the most dangerous journey of my life. I was never the same. I swear that my face was permanently changed from all of the deep crying I did during that time. People at his funeral kept telling me how beautiful I looked.
This song is obviously about that 2 year period fighting by his side but it’s also about this huge beautiful glowing light that exploded out of my broken heart once he died. No one ever talks about the beauty of grief, how raw and open and wise it can make you, like a superpower. When Dylan and I sat down to write this song together, it felt like he was meeting my past self, it felt like time traveling. It’s painful to listen to now but this story is a permanent part of my identity and you can’t know me without knowing Evan.”