Sam DeRosa delivers emotional pop perfection with the latest single “Sad Faces” and additionally reveals a brand new video.
“Sad Faces” comes at a time where we all need to take a moment to pause for a mental health check. The new tune is the third offering lifted from her highly anticipated debut EP The Medicine due out November 13 via Monument Records.
The NY-raised and LA-based artist elaborates on the COVID-19 era video, “I want every song on the EP to feel like a mood or color. Yellow is actually known as a color that makes people feel uneasy or anxious, so that’s why there’s a lot of yellow in the video.” She also tells Flaunt Magazine, “With ‘Sad Faces,’ I wanted to make the song sound upbeat and happy while I talked about something difficult… I think as a songwriter who’s now an artist, I’m learning to accept things I cannot change and to not worry too much about things being perfect. The mess is the fun part and my journey’s been a wild one, but it’s mine, so it’s awesome and I’m thankful for it.” Her pro-tip for self-care and on managing your mental health? “Put your phone away for a little” and “quiet the noise” whenever you can.
Struggling with doubt and apprehension after relocating to LA, DeRosa admits, “I felt like I got everything I wanted in music and in life, and my Instagram looked all sorts of ‘happy,’ but my mental health was just in the toilet.” On the track, she laments, “I just wanna feel fine… But I don’t know how to deal, don’t know how to heal all of the chaos in my mind… Tired of ending all my sentences with sad faces. Tired of taking all my happy thoughts to bad places. And I really wanna change. I really wanna be okay, but it’s hard when everybody’s got the same sad faces.”
This past September, DeRosa revealed “321” after a brief lapse in content due to the ongoing pandemic, much like several others in the music industry. Penning the track from her own experience bumping into an ex, DeRosa perfectly captures the universal emotional turmoil that takes over you from the unexpected encounter.
Equal parts cool girl and the girl next door, DeRosa is the best friend music lovers didn’t know they had. DeRosa notes, “The whole idea of my EP is supposed to feel like I’m walking myself through my own love rehab. From track 1 until the final track, I really wanted it to feel like each track is a full day of healing and processing your emotions.” She continues, “Hopefully my fans will hear this and feel like I’m right there with them – whether we are stumbling home, dancing around the house, or crying it out on the bedroom floor. I’ve been there, so I’ll sing them through it.”
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