Brooklyn-based, San-Francisco raised musician, actor and creative Rosehardt, aka Caleb Eberhardt releases how are you?, Vol. 2 the second installment in his series of self-produced mini-albums, out now independently. Following on from recent single and video ‘Boogey Man’, the project drops with new highlight cut ‘Majesty’ feat. YANK$ & Sophie Marks. The release follows Eberhardt’s recent acting performances in Judas & The Black Messiah, HBO’s Betty, and his upcoming role in AMC’s series Demascus.
On ‘Majesty’, Rosehardt comments; “Big love to producer Louie Lastic, him and I put this together back in January of ‘20 (pre-apocalypse) and it’s been one of my favorites since. Always knew it needed a feature, and I’d been wanting to get Yank$ on something of mine for a while so it worked out. And Sophie Marks just has a way of adding texture that just elevates a song to its fullest potential. Also, I’d say my pen outdid itself on this one, in an earnest yet slightly absurd way…”
Music has always been a cornerstone of Caleb’s creative output. Originally part of NYC hip-hop / jazz collective Quincy Vidal, he first broke onto the scene as Rosehardt with his debut album Songs in the Key of Solitude in 2018. As Rosehardt, Caleb weaves a harrowing, humble narrative through dynamic productions that bend genre borders at will. A spell-binding lyricist equally capable of visceral verses and soaring, pleading hooks, his progressive compositions reveal a heightened emotional sophistication which has earned him praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and a Colors session with almost 3 million views. Since his debut album, he’s continued to reveal the layers of his multi-faceted approach to creation with each release – including powerful one-off tracks such as ‘Sum Good’ and ‘Untitled 2’, and the first volume of his how are you? Series which dropped in 2020.
On how are you?, Vol. 2, Rosehardt lifts the veil further across ten gripping tracks, written and pieced together over several years, and wandering through poignant, introspective terrain. On ‘Polly Pocket,’ Caleb embraces his polyamorous identity, a tender ode to the evolution of modern love. On ‘July 4th’, he offers a scathingly honest observation on how racism and violence are woven into the very fabric of American society. On ‘all damn day,’ Caleb admires the underrated beauty of slow days and still minds, at odds with a world which presses us to hurtle forward. With ‘my mother’s heart’, we find Rosehardt’s lyricism at its most cerebral, as he crafts an extemporary, pen-to-paper rumination traversing themes of “self loathing, heartbreak, delusion, insomnia, suicide, drug use, religion, grief, astral projection, and forgiveness.” As he works to put the finishing touches on his much-anticipated second LP, slated for release in 2023, Caleb explains that the mini-album is a way to give space and appreciation to cherished moments of creation that sit outside the realms of his more structured releases.
In his words; “Just like the last volume, the ‘how are you?, Vol. 2’ collection was born out of a pressing need to just release music. I’ve been working on my second full length album for years and songs have cycled through the tracklist 10 times over, and this is a collection of ones that I love and want to see released, but know have no place on the bigger project. I started piecing together Vol. 2 in the early spring of this year, and I was finished with it entirely by June. The newest one is one I wrote specifically for the collection, the oldest might date back to like, 2017. I love the fact that with this second volume, ‘how are you?’ becomes a series. It gives me hope for any standalones I may create in the coming years, knowing that they have a home. It also gives me hope that despite what my creative output looks like over the next few years, I’ll have this canonical outlet for music that I can utilize for artistic release. And it excites me that the question “how are you?” will mean something different with each iteration.”