Announces new EP How Are We Ever To Know for release June 10th via her own imprint, Let It Go Records
Rising singer, songwriter and guitarist Charlotte Carpenter will release her How Are We Ever To Know EP this June 10th via her own label, Let It Go Records. Currently streaming on SoundCloud, EP opener ‘Am I Alone In This’ offers a poignant first look, with flashes of rage, love and confusion over beautiful slide-guitar passages and climatic drums.
“This song was the beginning of a journey; a first glimpse of a relationship where cracks and strains were beginning show,” Charlotte reveals. “I was very much inside my own head, I was too scared to voice my worries, doubts and fears and it left me feeling lonely and isolated. I was frustrated with myself for not being brave enough to speak up.”
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, with ‘Burn’ a swansong for the relationship – a coda laced with guilt and frustrations, though glowing with a sense of calm and closure, as pedal steel textures and delicate chords slowly intertwine. “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,” 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, Best Fit, Clash, BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 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)
3 Red Rooster Festival, Suffolk
4 Red Rooster Festival, Suffolk
5 Oporto, Leeds
6 Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
8 The Islington, London
9 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
EP track listing & artwork
- Am I Alone In This
- Last Love