Rona Mac “Sense”
Emotive Welsh Singer-Songwriter Rona Mac released her latest single ‘Sense’ on the 10th of February via the Rona MacGregor imprint. The single was premiered by Under the Radar and earned early support on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Late Show with Eve Blair. The independent, self-managed musician has begun making a name for herself in the press, receiving support from CLASH Magazine, Notion Magazine, Atwood Magazine, When The Horn Blows, and Vents Magazine among others.
Having been interviewed on the TheEveningShow with Vicki Blight, she has garnered significant attention from BBC Radio Wales, featuring on Artist of the Week with Huw Stephens as well as gaining spins on Adam Walton’s show. Additionally, her music has aired on BBC Radio 6 Music with Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 1’s Chillest Show, and BBC Music Introducing Mixtape with Bethan Elfyn.
Her single ‘Smoke’ earned spots on various Spotify editorial playlists such as New Music Friday, Lost In The Woods, and The Most Beautiful Songs In The World, helping her music attain over 1 million streams on Spotify alone.
Born and based in the UK, queer singer-songwriter Rona Mac composes Lo-fi Alt-Indie music with Folk and Americana influences, which she crafts in her caravan home studio in West Wales. A songwriter and performer since youth, she records, produces, and mixes all of her own music. She started the solo project in 2020 and has since released her DIY debut album Sheelah and EP Shades Of Ham and performed at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Boomtown, and Kendall Calling to name a few. Her songs are expansive worlds of texture, space, and depth that ache with the nostalgia found in rural, rugged places. Influenced by artists such as Laura Marling, Julia Jacklin, and Marika Hackman, one can liken her sound to Ben Howard, Phoebe Bridgers, and Damien Rice.
Founded on a bed of harmony-rich guitar melodies, which she wrote and played herself, Rona Mac’s latest heart-tugging single ‘Sense’ is a vulnerable exploration of what it means to feel. The record invites us in and convinces us that we are right there with her, watching her compose each living and breathing note. Tense with pensive melancholy, she sings about the harsh realities of struggling with mental health, scribbling the lyrics on our hearts, rendering them captivated and our eyes teary.
Rona Mac touches on the theme of the record: “This next body of work is themed around mental health, and this first track says it most blatantly. ‘Sense’ – what happens when we lose it? How does that feel? How do you hold someone who has lost it? And how long can that go on? When does it end?”