There is a certain witchy way about the music Carina Round
dabbles in. It's draped in dark satin, absorbing the drama of her most personal stories, and carried along the winds of eclectic instrumentation like some enchanting spell from a far flung imaginative world. Though the songs that inhabit her latest album Tigermending
were spawned in Los Angeles, few would discount Williamsburg BK's role as an incredible, creative incubator in itself. So we set Carina and her band up in the one of the swankiest spots in the hood. High above the East River, Carina flooded a Wythe Hotel band room with incredibly unique, yet scaled back versions of three songs from Tigermending
. In between, Carina touches on the extremely personal nature of the music she creates. Prepare to be enchanted.
Carina Round has carved a singular path in music with her inimitable voice and stirringly varied compositions. Her uncompromising vision and thrilling versatility has garnered an immensely passionate fan base including a myriad of highly regarded musicians. Her forthcoming album 'Tigermending' comes from a painting by Amy Cutler where three women sit in a field dutifully stitching the bellies of a heap of helpless Tigers. Carina recounts, "The first time I saw the painting I stared at it for a long time not understanding why. The absurd image absorbed me. There was an innocent simplicity to it. The gentle putting back together of something most ferocious and wild mysteriously damaged to the point of submission. I felt an affinity to it."
The new album was released in North America on May 1st 2012 and is scheduled to be released on September 10th for the rest of the world through her label Dehisce* which is distributed through The Orchard and Cargo Records. Produced with Grammy nominated writer Dan Burns, Carina collaborated with some notable champions including the legendary Dave Stewart, Brian Eno, and Smashing Pumpkins' front man Billy Corgan. She released 'The Last Time' single featuring Sierra Swan along with a Puscifer remix of 'Girl and the Ghost' on Limited Edition 7" Vinyl at the end of last year.
"Making my home in the creative circus of Los Angeles has allowed me the profound opportunity to develop a loving and supportive community of brilliant musicians, artists, photographers, videographers and other collaborators. I've been fortunate to work with and learn from some of my favorite artists old and new, which has opened me up to new roads of expression. Also I've had time and freedom to experiment and explore, especially without the pressure or constraints of a label. Every song in its own way is speaking of really different things. There's guitar ragers, acoustic beauties, electronic epics, a little prog moment and all the good stuff in between but there's a strong backbone running through the whole record."
Haling from England, Carina had an innate determination and passion for music from an early age, which led her to record and self-release her first two albums, 'First Blood Mystery' and 'The Disconnection'. The former shaped by erratic yet engaging sounds drawing from her love of legends Patti Smith, Tom Waits and Jeff Buckley. The latter took those influences into much more powerful and personal realms.
These two albums led to her being signed by Interscope Records, who re-released 'The Disconnection' album in 2004. This brought Carina US bound to Los Angeles where she recorded her bewitching and seductive album 'Slow Motion Addict' with acclaimed producer Glen Ballard. Accompanying this release in 2007 was a unique 12-part episodic series that cleverly coincided with each track, creating a visual story for the album. In this film Carina starred as the troubled lead character, Maisie Scarlett.
A couple years later, after parting ways with Interscope, Carina toured with Annie Lennox and self-released her ethereal and nakedly confessional EP 'Things You Should Know', which resulted in considerable success. Her new songs were featured in numerous film & TV shows and multiple radio stations, including KCRW, championed her music. Carina became a touring member of Puscifer, Tool's Maynard James Keenan's band, worked on their latest album 'Conditions of My Parole', and began opening the live shows.
Opportunities began to arise to work with other artists Carina admires, including singing on The Twilight Singers album 'Dynamite Steps', working with the award winning composers John Debney and Glen Ballard on a song composed for the film 'Valentine's Day', writing with Academy Award winner Marco Beltrami, as well as finishing up an album with her Alt-Country side project Early Winters, which was self-released earlier in the year. The Early Winters' track 'Count Me In' will be featured in the upcoming Warner Brothers film 'The Lucky Ones' in April and Carina's song 'For Everything A Reason' will be in the upcoming film 'Dark Hearts' later in the year. TV and film placements include American Horror Story, Pretty Little Liars, Dollhouse, as well as many more.