By: Staff –
Toronto based singer-songwriter Alex Southey is back with his new single “Rosie”, which you can stream exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
Southey’s unique blend of wandering lyricism, atmospheric strings, and emotive sense of melody makes for an engrossing, contemplative listen. His third full-length album, …And the Country Stirred, set for release next month (Feb 5th), was produced by JUNO-winner and Polaris Prize-nominee John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliott BROOD) and mastered by Aaron Hutchison (Zoon, Luka Kuplowsky).
“Rosie,” the brand new single from Southey, evokes a mysterious attraction to his hometown of Vancouver. There’s this idea that the city sells itself well, but upon arrival, you realize there are a lot of pitfalls: rain all the time, darkness, basements, high price of living. For a long time, Southey felt like he was giving to something that never gave anything back.
“Who is Rosie?” asked Southey. “I had been wanting to write about a place, but knew that I’d have to personify it. I was trying, failing, at growing rosemary naturally on my balcony and I began to find the word alluring. I fused it with this personification concept and it became the “name” of the “person” when in reality, the song is a love letter to Vancouver where I was born. “Rosie” is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written. This album jumps from purely imagistic lyrics, to straightforward lyrics, to stories, and back again. “Rosie” represents a leap in my songwriting. You wouldn’t have heard it – at least not the same way – on my last two records.”