Reveals affecting new video for ‘Burn’
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How Are We Ever To Know? EP due June 10th via Charlotte’s own imprint, Let It Go Records
Headline London show June 8th at The Islington
Charlotte Carpenter has revealed a poignant new music video for ‘Burn’, the tender closing track from her forthcoming EP, How Are We Ever To Know?, due June 10th via Charlotte’s own imprint, Let It Go Records.
‘Burn’ arrives laced with guilt and frustrations, though glowing with a sense of calm and closure, as minimal atmospherics and delicate chords slowly intertwine as Charlotte’s affecting vocal soars. “So much of me was poured into writing this song that when it came to the video, I didn’t want to tell my story at all. The film was made by my good friends Ruth and Ross, also known as Penny In The Arrow, they wrote and directed this beautiful short film from the perspective of a man, trying to move on after the demise of his relationship. It’s shot in Bangor, Northern Ireland and it looks and feels so real, as though we are looking in on something we shouldn’t be, but something which we’ve all experienced or felt before.”
Consequence Of Sound
“a distinctly different kind of singer/songwriter sound, and one that makes for an enthralling listen.”
“Charlotte Carpenter is a storyteller, a young artist capable of applying an enormous impact.”
“sliding guitar licks, percussive thumps and Carpenter’s own fiery, soulful vocals.”
“wonderfully affecting, deeply atmospheric”
Gold Flake Paint
Turning her articulate song-writing to a deeply personal experience, the EP is an intimate story told first hand, peppered with the kind of delicate nuances you’d expect from PJ Harvey or Cat Power, scorched with feeling. “This EP is chronological of what happened during the demise of my first serious relationship,” Charlotte reveals. “Each track expresses a different shade, colour or feeling right from before the break up happened to months after.”
Pushing an isolated riff to bursting point, EP opener ‘Am I Alone In This’ is the first glimpse of frustrations, backlit by an eerie, growling guitar tone. ‘Contracts’ sees ambience refined, allowing the track’s muse, Comes The Dawn, a poem by Veronica A. Shoffstall, to shine. “There’s a line, ‘and you begin to learn kisses aren’t contracts’, that stirred something in me to realise how conflictive and different my priorities and dreams had become.”
‘Electric’ sees Charlotte’s love of Bonnie Raitt bubbling to the fore, with beautiful slide guitar passages flying high above the track’s pivotal self-awakening. “Electric was born after a show we played at De Montfort Hall for Simon Says festival,” she explains. “I had a strange out of body experience. Things were louder, bigger than ever before, my heart was racing and it suddenly hit me just how much I was changing as a person, and as a musician. It empowered me. I had to question who in my life was coming with me on this journey, and who wasn’t.” Elsewhere ‘Last Love’s soothing atmospherics mark a massive release, and a final home found for chords that never seemed to fit. ‘Burn’ marks a swansong for the relationship, “the song came to me in a dream, and it took about two weeks to finally piece it all together, but when I did, I had never felt so guilty. I was realising how long I’d known that the relationship wasn’t going to be a part of my future, and how annoyed at myself I was for just staying and not being braver, for myself and for them.” Charlotte explains.
Tipped by Total Guitar as one of their favourite new guitarists to hear in 2016 for the “epic electric odes and spacious Americana” found on her recent The Fault Line EP, Charlotte has also received acclaim from NME Magazine, Consequence Of Sound, Best Fit, Clash, BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Virgin Radio and more.
With headline UK tour dates just announced for June (see below), Charlotte Carpenter has previously toured the country supporting the likes of Marika Hackman, George Ezra, Ethan Johns and Hannah Lou Clark, though is equally at home opening for the likes of country star Hunter Hayes. “Supporting Hunter was both incredible and strange, and my first experience playing to sold-out crowds of over 1500 people. I enjoy country music, but I wasn’t expecting screaming girls and selfies,” Charlotte adds.
How Are We Ever To Know? was recorded with Lee Russell (Nada Surf, Kate Walsh) at Dulcitone studios. Pre-order the EP here – https://itun.es/gb/aQcdcb.
Tour Dates (tickets available here)
8 The Islington, London
9 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
EP track listing & artwork
- Am I Alone In This
- Last Love