“Rewind” By Rosali

Rosali, is North Carolina-based songwriter/guitarist Rosali Middleman. She recently announced her new album, Bite Down, will drop on March 22nd, via Merge Records. Ahead of the LP’s arrival, Rosali has shared lead single/video, “Rewind.” Bite Down, Rosali’s Merge Records debut, captures her in the midst of a transition. “I started writing the majority of Bite Down after moving to North Carolina in the fall of 2021. The album traces two cross-country moves, including saying goodbye to my longtime home of Philadelphia,” Rosali explains. “I resolved to bite down on the proverbial bullet; sink my teeth into the flesh and bone of being in the world, devouring the obstacles in my path and gloriously savoring all that is on offer—good and bad. Give me another serving, another moment, another challenge, give me another chance to meet life with insatiable hunger.”

Bite Down finds Rosali collaborating again with David Nance (bass, guitar), James Schroeder (guitar, synth), Kevin Donahue (drums, percussion), the same band she enlisted for 2021’s beloved No Medium. They are joined in-studio by Destroyer collaborator Ted Bois (keys).

Of lead single “Rewind,” Rosali says, “I want what I do with my time to matter and to reject regret for even the difficult moments are worthy in how they reveal wisdom and initiate growth. I would do it all over again (i.e. rewind) knowing the challenges in life are not meant to be disdained, as much as the joys and pleasures are not meant to be the goal. Being present allows us to become more whole and rounded as people, with love being the way to move through. Not just the romantic kind but all the forms of love, desire and excitement that push us through to the next day.”

Dan Bejar of Destroyer on Bite Down:

“Bite Down makes me think about singers and bands that throw themselves hard into the storm, the way the Rosali quartet does. The calm of her voice over top of the band’s raging—it is the emblem of songs that live to put themselves in harm’s way. But it’s not harm. It’s just that you have to play hard to get at these goods. The calm of Rosali’s voice, the straight talk of her inner search vs. the wildness of the band, the sonic storm she rides in on. That’s their sound.

The Mowed Sound. It’s hard to talk about these last couple Rosali albums without talking about them. They play free and wild and relentlessly melodious. They rip and create space and fill it up with what seems like reckless abandon, but listen carefully or listen for a while and you’ll find them paying real close attention to each other and exactly what the song demands.

Breezier songs like ‘On Tonight’ and ‘Rewind’ sound like they’ve fought their way to get to that sense of ease. Maybe that’s the Mowed Sound ‘sound’—hard-won ease. Then add to that Ted Bois’ patented Rhodes sleaze (see sinuous title track ‘Bite Down’) steering the record into late-night corners; the incredible ‘Hills on Fire’ (maybe the centerpiece of the album), the guitar-ripping and the singing taking turns in reaching new levels of intimacy. It feels listened-in on, exposed and invented on the spot. It is also simply a staggeringly beautiful song. There are a few of those on the album. In contrast, ‘My Kind’ is a raucous, hand-delivered classic; the band throws tables over. For the most part, this is a moodier record than No Medium. It has the same sound of ‘I’ve traveled through fire to deliver you these songs,’ but it is also quieter, more nocturnal. The quiet dread of staring down an open road, and the excitement of that.”

Bite Down
Merge Reords

1. On Tonight
2. Rewind
3. Hills on Fire
4. My Kind
5. Bite Down
6. Hopeless
7. Slow Pain
8. Is It Too Late
9. Change Is in the Form
10. May It Be on Offer

Rosali 2024 Tour Dates

Tue. March 19 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Thu. March 21 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
Sat. March 23 – Seattle, WA @ Clock-Out Lounge *
Sun. March 24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Tue. March 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
Wed. March 27 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium *
Thu. March 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room *
Fri. March 29 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
Sat. March 30 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Sun. March 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Dirty Drummer
Tue. April 2 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
Wed. April 3 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Thu. April 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Fri. April 5 – Asheville, NC @ Eulogy
Sat. April 6 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Tue. April 9 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Wed. April 10 – Kingston, NY @ Tubby’s
Thu. April 11 – Boston, MA @ The Rockwell
Fri. April 12 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory at Baker Falls
Sat. April 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Mon. April 15 – Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern
Thu. April 18 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Sat. April 20 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s

* supporting Mary Timony

Pre-order Bite Down by Rosali HERE


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