Shares “The City We Live” performance, shot in Jimi Hendrix’s London home
Solo debut Town Called Nothing out now
Laura-Mary Carter, best known as one half of rockers Blood Red Shoes, shares a performance video of “The City We Live”, taken from new solo mini-album, Town Called Nothing, out now.
A much quieter and more contemplative sound than her usual guitar-shredding anthems, Town Called Nothing was written in between tours at various sublets and studios in the UK and Los Angeles, and has received support from Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 6 Music.
“I found a beat up acoustic guitar and without thinking about it songs just started to come to me,” she shares. “The idea of writing on an acoustic guitar was new to me, I’d always written songs for my band which has a very heavy disposition. I realised that writing in this intimate way exposed my voice and changed the way I was writing and singing lyrics.”
Following singles “Town Called Nothing”, “Ceremony” and “Blue’s Not My Colour”, “The City We Live” is a quiet, pensive look at the confusions love (or lust) can bring.
Laura-Mary elaborates, “The song is about to trying to progress a relationship but you don’t know where you stand. You hang out and then they just leave and you are left wondering was it something you did? It’s about confusing lust with love and all the complications that we go through when you are not on the same page as someone.”
The accompanying video sees her performing the song in Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom, backed by a band consisting of Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Electric Ladyland, Patti Smith), Jack Flanagan (The Mystery Jets) and Patrick Walden (Babyshambles).
Immediately the audience find themselves pulled into the intricate guitar notes, gently picked on the guitar with the power resonating across the soundscape. Laura-Mary’s compelling vocal harmonies emerge and bring this array of emotion and sultry melody into focus. The band join the intimate atmosphere adding a quick drum shuffle and bold bass depth to the ensemble, cymbals crash and reinforce the power of the personal lyrics which create this distinguished journey throughout. With the new session, Laura-Mary Carter allows the live and up close session to showcase this truly intimate side of the musician. Breaking away from her role so well known in Blood Red Shoes and delivering this solo pursuit in which allows Laura-Mary to proudly push a refreshing new character into her vision. Sultry with lashes of ferocity whilst oozing emotion and complexity into the dynamic vocal range.
Blue’s Not My Colour
Town Called Nothing
Better On My Own
The City We Live
Listen/order the mini-album: https://lauramarycarter.ffm.to/towncallednothing.opr