Meanjin/Brisbane-based powerhouse vocalist Rosa Mack makes her highly anticipated debut with this soul-stirring single, ‘When I’m Alone’ and warming accompanying music video.
With an all-absorbing stage presence, charming demeanour and a voice that strikes deep, Rosa Mack, backed by her seven-piece soul and blues collective, will light fires in hearts with this absolutely stunning soul-rock debut.
Since their inception in late 2020, they’ve played numerous sold-out shows in Brisbane and a number of South-East Queensland community festivals, including a New Year’s Eve performance at Woodford Folk Festival 22/23.
Making a spellbinding debut, ‘When I’m Alone’ is a heartening anthem that delves into the complexities of relationships and the transformative power of solitude. The track is a smooth and controlled soulful journey, enriched by the soothing organ, full-bodied bass, and overdriven blues guitar, but Rosa Mack takes the spotlight with her silken vocals and captivating lyricism. The track blossoms into an electrifying soul-rock and blues spectacle, complete with a blasting horn section and exhilarating guitar licks, all while Rosa Mack hits note after note with her soaring vocal range and earth-shaking power.
Sharing her personal insight on the song, Rosa Mack states: “When I’m Alone reveals the tension of journeying from the confines of a toxic relationship into the liberating freedom of aloneness. The desire for connection is juxtaposed with desperation for solitude and inner peace, having found loneliness in partnership and empowerment through new-found independence. When I’m Alone is a reclamation of one’s self, defining and celebrating the distinction between loneliness and the joy of being alone.”
Fittingly, ‘When I’m Alone’ captures that profound inner peace and liberating energy in a gorgeous and wholesome package. From warming vintage tones of a bygone era to the polish of contemporary, expressive soul and blues, Rosa Mack’s ‘When I’m Alone’ is easy to get lost inside of.
Set against the backdrop of a stunningly crafted theatre changeroom, the accompanying music video (produced by Kate O’Sullivan) unfolds, depicting a diverse array of individuals from Rosa’s community. As they listen to the track for the first time, their first reactions are filmed, immersed in the soulful melody of ‘When I’m Alone’. These beautifully shot scenes gradually transition into jubilant celebrations, seamlessly mirroring the emotional journey of the song.