Rosali :: Bite Down

It is still only April, but Rosali’s Merge debut Bite Down already has the makings of classic summer album. Bursting with singalong choruses, big barroom rave-ups and bleary confessions of both love and doubt, this is one that everyone can find a way into.

Rosali :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Rosali joins us for a discussion about her fourth full-length, Bite Down. It’s her best record yet and it embodies the healing power of art: “Music and songwriting have always been a spiritual healing practices for me. I think it’s trying to help people feel something, to have a connectedness in our humanity.”

Edsel Axle :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Variable Happiness was made available to the world in August 2023, courtesy of a previously unknown artist named Edsel Axle. But it doesn’t take much detective work to determine that Edsel Axle is a nom de plume of Rosali Middleman. As Rosali, she has released a number of albums in the singer/songwriter mode, whereas Variable Happiness is a collection of instrumental electric guitar recordings.

Edsel Axle :: Variable Happiness

Early on Rosali Middleman’s Variable Happiness comes a moment that absorbs your entire life. A downward cascade of notes that draw you in and refuse to let go until they only exist as a fragmented toll in the ears. This new LP comes under the alias Edsel Axle (hereafter which Middleman is referred in the spirit of the proceedings) and features no one other than the artist on electric guitar and a combo amp.

Rosali :: The AD Interview

“Doesn’t belong to me like it used to,” proclaims Rosali Middleman on “Mouth,” the opening track to her new album, No Medium. With members of the David Nance Group soaring behind her, Rosali sheds many a demon on this new work. Her arc on the record is a steep one, confronting addiction, heartbreak, and loss with raw intensity.

We caught up with Rosali at her sister’s place in Michigan to talk about the new record and more.