Sam DeRosa delivers emotional pop perfection with new single “Sad Faces” out globally today. The new tune is the third offering lifted from her highly anticipated debut EP The Medicine due out November 13 via Monument Records.
“Sad Faces” details a powerful narrative, one that shines a light on mental health awareness in contrast with its upbeat melody. The singer-songwriter’s candid lyricism eclipses over a magnetic drumline that has you hooked instantly, positioning Sam DeRosa as not only a force behind the scenes but a new relatable face in the incredible squad of artists who are sharing sincere pop music with the world (à la Julia Michaels and Sasha Sloan).
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, Sam 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, Sam perfectly captures the universal emotional turmoil that takes over you from the unexpected encounter.
Equal parts cool girl and the girl next door, Sam DeRosa is the best friend music lovers didn’t know they had. Sam 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.”