Raffaella has shared “Rowan,” a personal new look at her upcoming EP LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (Act II). Check it out below.
Accompanied by little more than a synthesizer, Raffaella speaks up for the first time about an abuser she encountered when she was 14. “I never told my sisters ’bout you/ But you’re starting to feel like an infected tattoo,” she sings.
Our former CoSign shed light on the powerful new single in a statement. “Rowan was a small person who made a big dent in my adolescence. As with most horrible people, he cared mainly about his reputation, so I named the song after him,” Raffaella said.
“But this song isn’t for him, it’s not even really about him… it’s not an admission of spite or an attempt to ruin his life or anything like that — I don’t care enough about that person to want those things. I was 14 when he was in my life; the shame I felt for what he did to me was overwhelming enough to shut me up and leave me feeling confused and helpless and alone… We find ways to normalize the experiences that traumatize us — 13 years later I am choosing to speak up, not for him but for anyone who might need to see someone else do it first.”
“Rowan” appears on LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (Act II), due out January 26th. The follow-up to 2022’s Act I features the previously released Samia collaboration, “Man of Your Dreams.”
Next year, Raffaella will take her music on the road with her first-ever headlining tour.