Eva Prowse writes and performs retro-future indie, folk, and pop with lush, pure vocals, synthesisers and samples, violins and guitars.
Her most recent project is writing and performing the score to playwright and actor Arthur Meek’s new show Erewhon Revisited, premiering at the 2017 Christchurch Arts Festival, and garnering great reviews following a season at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Her latest album, Humid Nights, is a MIDI-pop album inspired by growing up in the 80s, 90s and today, drunken fights in hot countries, small towns and big cities, bad decisions and The Spice Girls.
In NZ, she is probably best known for performing with NZ super-group Fly My Pretties, performing at the Byron Bay Blues Fest and featuring on their two live albums – 2009’s A Story and 2011’s Fly My Pretties IV.
Her debut album I Can’t Keep Secrets, produced by Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation), meanders delicately through ten tracks of folk, layered on a foundation of melodic pop sensibilities.
During a stint in London, Eva wrote and recorded Crazy Eyes EPwith fellow NZ Musician Henry Marks (Mon Ami), for their electro-pop project H & EVA, which would serve as the foundation for Eva’s love of MIDI.
Praise for Humid Nights:
“with a voice that soars between Kate Bush kookiness and a rich, melodious pop-soulfulness…”
“Truly universal and international – and utterly enjoyable”
James Belfield, The Listener
“In a musical community as small as New Zealand’s we need people who dare to be different and Humid Nights is an album that stands out from the crowd.”
“Humid Nights should be added to your playlist as each listen throws something new at you. It is a collection of songs to be explored time and time again. Eva is a talent that will keep delivering if she keeps forging her own path with songs like these.”
Paul Goddard, muzic.net.nz
“The sound of synth beds give this a widescreen effect (which doesn’t detract from the intimacy of gentle songs like My Lover) and sometimes pushes it towards the dance-pop end of the spectrum (the teen angst of The Wannabe nodding to the Spice Girls’ empowerment).”
“There’s a quirky quality to Prowse’s singing where her often high and airy tone sits appealingly askew in the context of the programmed pop surrounding it (Undercover).”
Graham Reid, elsewhere.co.nz
Praise for Erewhon:
“Music is provided on stage by talented multi-instrumentalist and singer Prowse, whose dreamy, atmospheric compositions are worth the entry price alone. ”
“Meek’s storytelling carries the show, supported brilliantly by the retro-futuristic tunes played live by Meek’s compatriot Eva Prowse.”
★★★★ The List
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Fringe Guru
★★★★ British Theater Guide
★★★★ The Herald
Praise for I Can’t Keep Secrets:
“This is a debut with everything in place and all Prowse has to do is deliver, which she seems to do effortlessly in assured songwriting and vocals which sit in an area between alt.folk and gentle indie.pop-rock coloured by her evocative violin, some keening guitar work and mandolin, saw, piano…”
Graham Reid, elsewhere.co.nz (Best of ELSEWHERE 2010)
“Prowse is a multi-faceted artist who effortlessly conveys a sweet mixture of pure emotion and clever songs in this most insightful way.”
“…amongst other instrumental elements, another sonic crown in Eva’s musical form is her richly-toned violin playing.”
Martyn Pepperell, Fishhead Magazine (4/5 stars)
“The production is lush, musicians on form, songs polished and Prowse sounds very comfortable in her centre-stage role as solo artist.”
NZ Musician Magazine.
“Her songs offer a distinct geography of matters of the heart, with lyrics universal yet tangibly specific – a mark of great songwriting.”
Stephen Allely, Groove Guide.