Fresh off of her masterful third album No Medium, Philly songwriter/vibe-spinner Rosali Middleman decompresses with Chokeweed, a beautifully low-key collection of expansive guitar instrumentals and rusted-over experimental tracks. The sonic embodiment of any of the haunted, decaying barns you drive by while lost on some country road, these softly shambling pieces drift in and out of being. Meandering shredding is joined only every so often by understated drum machine, setting a mood for structures to be undone and evening to fade into night. A perfect companion piece to any of Rosali's more formal recordings, and a valuable reset when absorbed on its own.
released August 20, 2021
Guitar Explorations by Rosali Middleman
Recorded at home in Philadelphia, April - September 2020
Her voice, the vulnerability within, and a glorious sound, not overproduced but natural. 'Tender Heart' gets me - resonates in a way that is sad and glorious simultaneously. Discordant guitars behind a clean acoustic and voice ballad. Love her voice, her lyrics. Great album. BikeBoy29
It's the perfect album. Songs that fill you with joy, songs that make you feel melancholic, slow haunting tunes, and songs that have you tapping your feet. Play it in the background as you work, put it on for a long drive, or sit and listen and enjoy the incredible and innovative techniques and try to guess how she even did it! koshpeli
In classical minimalism there is the debt of influence to rock's chugging repetitions. 75 Dollar Bill pays the influence back, their endless loops looping like Philip Glass jamming with John Cale-era Velvet Underground. Add a penchant for eastern harmonies and you have an album I will voluntarily drown myself in, again and again and again and again. nowideau