ROSE ALAIMO – “POWER LINES”
A SPILL EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE
Today we have the pleasure to introduce a relatively new emerging artist who is as delightful with her offerings in the pop realm as she is during forays into more rocking territory. We’re talking about the third album from Ithaca, NY-based artist Rose Alaimo. Titled A Place To Go When You Need To Hide, Alaimo sweeps through indiepop dreamery to sophisticated balladry to pulsating and superb rock, in her own sonic diary of life over the past few years. Stunning, sobering and inspiring.
Alaimo’s new single is “Power Lines” with its bright, upbeat shimmering harmonies, calling us to remember and honor the interconnectedness that exists between all of us.
“The song ‘Power Lines’ is about the connections that exist between us, whether we are aware of them or not. One thing that was highlighted during Covid was how unbelievably interconnected we are. How fast the virus spread across the world was astounding, and in the middle of everyone debating mask and vaccination mandates and people becoming increasingly stressed and angry and there being more and more division between everyone, a tree was blown over on my property, taking the power lines down in front of my house. I walked outside and, after the shock of seeing this healthy tree ripped up by the roots by a strong wind, I noticed the lines that were down,” says Alaimo.
“I saw how they were connected to my house, and how the main lines also connected to my neighbor’s house, and how those same lines connected every single house on the street. I never stopped to notice how physically connected all of these houses were by these power lines and how what happened to my house affected everyone else around me. It struck me as an interesting analogy to how we as humans are also all more connected to each other and to the world around us than we might initially assume. These connections may not be visible but they are definitely there. We can spread viruses to each other and we can spread anger and fear, but if we are mindful of this interconnectedness, we can also choose to spread GOOD things: kindness and understanding and peace.”
Contemplative, truthful and confessional, this song may have been written as a form of therapy, the music pulling her through as she herself guides its path, ultimately weaving her way back to the surface.
A veterinarian and vegetable farmer in her day-to-day life, this record exposes a whole other side of Alaimo as she finds her way through darkness to exercise her own will-power, freedom of choice and self-empowerment.
The emotional range of this album mirrors the intense highs and lows of life, from soft and dreamy lullabies, where we remember those we have loved who are no longer with us (“Stars”), to anthemic, thrashy songs protesting Russia’s war on Ukraine and some of the unethical and dangerous world leaders we have seen at work over the last few years (“Resist The Force”).
Several pieces, inspired by dark blues and psychedelia, explore the difficulty of letting go of old, familiar, toxic patterns for something new and healthier due to the fear of making changes in a world that feels increasingly unstable (“The Devil That You Know”). The album wraps up with “Here I Am”, a grounding and hopeful reprise medley reminding us of the stillness and peace that we can find, even in times of trouble, and the importance of cultivating that peace – not only for ourselves, but for everyone around us.
Music, lyrics & arrangement by Rose Alaimo
Rose Alaimo – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, fretless bass, banjo, mandolin, theremini, percussion, MIDI and electronic instruments, & drum programming
Produced & mixed by Rose Alaimo in Ithaca, NY
Additional production & mastering by Jamie Hill at Department of Energy Management, Tacoma, WA
Publicity by Shameless Promotion PR
Artist photos by Kate Catalano-Collins
While you’re here, please also enjoy her full album and video for the lead track “Stars”:
Release Date: January 11, 2024