Rosali celebrates signing to Merge Records with this beautiful version of George Harrison’s Stuck Inside A Cloud.
Here’s what the folks at Merge have to say…
Merge Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Rosali, the solo venture of North Carolina–based songwriter Rosali Middleman! In early 2024, she will release her Merge debut, the follow-up to 2021 highlight No Medium. The news comes in the wake of the release of Variable Happiness, a critically acclaimed improvisational solo electric guitar album released under the name Edsel Axle.
Today, Rosali is celebrating by bringing her eclectic talents to bear on “Stuck Inside a Cloud,” the emotionally wrenching centerpiece of George Harrison’s posthumous album Brainwashed, exploring the hazy headspace of the song through a distinctly gorgeous lens.
Of the cover, and on signing, Rosali had this to say:
I’m so honored and excited to join the Merge family and to share our cover of George Harrison’s “Stuck Inside a Cloud.” Written as he was dying from cancer, the song appeared on his posthumous album, Brainwashed. It’s a questioning, honest song that’s full of grace, seemingly about living the strange awareness of his deteriorating health and the meaning of our existence. Produced by my longtime collaborator and bandmate James Schroeder, we gave the cover a dreamy synth-pop treatment reminiscent of Julee Cruise and Broadcast. Recorded in the early months of the pandemic, the song feels all the more relevant as we continue to confront the death and confusion of that time. I hope you enjoy it, and I can’t wait to share my new songs.
Rosali on tour:
Sep 04 Asheville, NC – Burial Beer
Sep 06 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Sep 07 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
Sep 08 Raleigh, NC – The Pour House (Hopscotch Music Festival)
Sep 09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
What critics are already saying about Rosali:
“Like [Stevie] Nicks, Rosali knows that the trick to burning a lover is the slow simmer – at least until you need to let the guitar wail.” —NPR
“Across vast oceans of ragged and scorched guitar, country-rock jams and lilting piano ballads, she comes to terms with, and leaves behind past selves–being born anew amongst the embers and the grace of embracing reality on your own terms.” —Aquarium Drunkard
“Everything national treasure Rosali Middleman makes is worth listening to.” —Bandcamp