Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Rosali has revealed the details of her third album: it’s called No Medium and is coming out on May 7 via Spinster Sounds. She wrote the bulk of the record in 2019 in the evocative and spiritual South Carolina wilderness, and later recorded them with the help of the David Nance Group with some later adornments from Robbie Bennett (War on Drugs) on organ and keys, and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire Eater, Muzz). On the creation and sound of the new record, Rosali says:
“I approach guitar playing the same intuitive way I sing, which is profoundly spiritual for me. Where words fail, the guitar becomes the conduit for raw feelings, providing a direct connection to them. I’m constantly working on being fearless in my work, which means showing the rough side, the mistakes along with the triumphs.”
The first song shared from the record is the opener, “Mouth”, which showcases Rosali’s symbiotic relationship between her instrument and her emotions. A rustic and rugged folk-Americana track, it’s the perfect backdrop for some contemplation of life, love and what it means to be human. Painting vivid scenes that spiral into inner monologues of self-doubt, Rosali guides us gently through “Mouth”, soothing us as she reckons with some challenging ideas of ownership and intimacy. Her natural grace couples with the organic instrumentation to push her ideas forth, but ensures they remain light and harmonic, and “Mouth” is a breezy listen even as it challenges us intellectually.
Listen to “Mouth” on streaming platforms or below.