Author, activist, actor and filmmaker, Rose McGowan, is about to add musician to her CV and has announced the impending release of her debut album.
In revealing her first album of original music, McGowan has announced that Planet 9 will be officially released this Friday, April 24th.
Alongside the news, McGowan has also confirmed that she will be donating 20% of all the proceeds raised through Bandcamp sales in support of the coronavirus relief charitable causes.
“When I was a small child going through tough times, I created a utopian world in my mind and I named it Planet 9,” McGowan said in a statement. She added: “I felt safe on this invented planet of mine. I also used to wonder what sounds existed on my planet.”
“I’m Rose McGowan and for a long time, I worked in a strange place called Hollywood,” she writes in the accompanying statement. “Being an actress was my day job, but behind the scenes I was honing my skills as a multi-media artist, writer and thought leader. After realising I’d worked on sets for over 57,000 hours, I knew it was time to assert my own voice, so I directed a short film called Dawn which was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. After Dawn, I began a three-year writing project, my book, Brave. While writing about my life and thoughts on society, I needed to create art that would be soothing. I’d always loved using my voice, it was my favourite part of performing.”
She continues: “When I was a small child going through tough times, I created a utopian world in my mind and I named it Planet 9. I felt safe on this invented planet of mine. I also used to wonder what sounds existed on my planet. As life went on, I forgot about how special my planet was, I forgot I could go there in times of trouble. Six years ago, astronomers found a new planet they named Planet 9 — it’s the new planet that demoted Pluto to a star. Holy s—! They found my Planet 9! Around the same time, I met some French electronic musicians, and I decided to make music that has the power to lift your spirit. I know this, art heals. Planet 9 takes you on a very special journey. I am not trying to be a pop star, I will not be performing this album. By using my knowledge of cinema sound design, I carefully created the sounds and words for a better place, an unknown world in our own mind that we can all travel to. Planet 9 is an artistic endeavour that I hope will help others meditate in a unique way.”
Stream the album’s lead single, ‘Green Gold’, below.