Electronic pop artist Carmody‘s recent single ‘Singing Your Love’ is one that will surely make its way into your summer playlist. The artist is known for her somber and folk-tinged ballads, but her latest release, a collaboration with producer Courage (Ray BLK, Stormzy) and mixer Tim Rowkins (Mura Masa, Two Door Cinema Club), sees her experimenting with a sound that’s more radiant and upbeat, though Carmody‘s evocative vocals are still front-and-center. The singer has just come back from a series of festival performances including The Great Escape, World Island, and Wilderness.
We caught up with Carmody to talk about her latest single and future plans.
What made you want to start making music?
I had a bad break up and I had always sung, played a bit of guitar and written poetry, but I had never married them altogether, so I started writing to help me work through my achy heart, I keep forgetting to thank my ex for that!
‘Singing Your Love’ is a different sound for you. Can you talk about experimenting with new ideas?
The project before ‘Singing Your Love’ was all about different states of loveless-ness, the songs were very dark and lonely. For the next project I wanted to experiment with something lighter and challenge myself to write a happy song about love. I think it’s one of the most difficult things to do and I still don’t think I’ve fully mastered it. I also really love dance music, lots of 90s rnb, it was a great moment in time and I wanted to emulate this and develop that side of me in my music. I wrote the track with an incredible producer and writer Courage, his music is always very lively and he brought the bounce into the track, I then took the track to Jasper Tygner, one of my favourite producers, who I worked with on the previous project, so we could add some more rhythm guitar that echoed ideas in the other tracks I’ve released. It’s also a fun song to play live and people can really dance to it, which is a good feeling.
Is this direction something you feel like sticking to for next releases?
I have one more song from the next EP that I feel comes from a similar place to this track, but the rest are a bit darker and cover a lot of lyrical ground that I haven’t explored before.
You’ve talked about the song as viewing the male form as a muse. Do you think more and more songs try to subvert expectations this way?
Yes, I think it’s an exciting time for turning a lot of things upside down and challenging expectations and stereotypes, it’s a fun thing to explore in songwriting. I feel like men and women are testing gender expectations, more men are expressing themselves emotionally, more women are finding their way out of ‘the beauty myth’, it’s a wonderful time to be alive and to have the opportunity to write about it.
Are you working on more new music?
Yes, there are five new songs coming to go with ‘Singing Your Love’ they’re all part of my next ep, I’m hoping to get them out by September.
How has your tour been going?
It’s been heart-warming, overwhelming, incredible and tough. Some days I’m filled with warmth and absolute gratitude that I can travel to a town I’ve never been to before and meet people who have been listening to my music and know the words (that is such a beautiful feeling). Other days you’re exhausted and so anxious about getting on stage and giving so much of yourself away, wondering if people will even like it. So, it swings between those two very different places for me and I think it’s important for people to know that, social media can sell such a dream to people and I think it’s good to be aware of the other side too.
How did you find performing at The Great Escape?
It was great fun, though church gigs always terrify me, we spend our life in the studio picking the ‘church’ option for a reverb plugin on logic, but the second you’re there the sound is terrifying, bouncing off walls and people, you don’t know where your voice is. But I really enjoyed it, the crowd were amazing and we did some acoustic versions of the tracks to offset the stress of the reverb and they worked well, I love stripped back sounds in boomy places.