Indie pop artist carina today releases her second EP ‘after the stars’, an introspective body of work far beyond her years
carina is a unique artist who sits in between the realms of Indie, Pop and Alternative music, with her own take on the genres providing her with a truly brilliant and unique sound. Having released her debut EP ‘spaceout!’ back in 2022, carina garnered support from Steve Lamacq’s prestigious BBC Radio 6 show, BBC Radio 1’s Jamz Supernova, BBC Introducing, and Clash, the future looks bright for this young artist.
Growing up in Oxford and now living in London, the young artist was given her name by her scientist father, naming her after the constellation ‘Carina’. She got into music when she began taking piano lessons from a young age, yet never enjoyed the structure of learning, and instead found creative freedom in writing and creating her own songs. Her sound became influenced by listening to the likes of Joan Armatrading and George Ezra during her formative years, whilst she now bases her sounds through Lo-fi genre tones, and artists such as Still Woozy and Dominic Fyke.
The artist herself follows a variety of different themes, with a lot of the songs she creates based around being used by people she’s previously dated. For a while carina battled with her mental health, and overcame big problems with dissociations, and through this, music became the perfect outlet to ensure that she could remain grounded and explain how she feels through the means of creation. carina’s music has since become an extension of her, essentially narrating her life – she initially began writing through the tragic death of her best friend, and as a prolific songwriter, she has the capability to write so many songs that it has now just become second nature to her.
Sharing the 8-track EP ‘after the stars’, another introspective voyage into the mind of this young artist, carina delivers yet another body of work that is far beyond her years. Pouring her soul into everything she puts out into the world, this is her storybook as she puts all of her emotions into this coming of age piece of work and leaves nothing unsaid.
“It’s definitely an acknowledgement to uncomfortable feelings, emotions that everyone feels but nobody talks about’‘ she states. “If ‘spaceout!’ (my last project) was the house party, ‘after the stars’ is when everyone has gone home and you’re feeling shit. In order to move forward from bad situations you have to acknowledge the pain and that’s what the project did for me.”
Using music as a cathartic tool for her mental health battles, her music has become an extension of herself to essentially narrate her life, revealing her buried anguish. With releases ‘no use’, ‘waste me away (demo)’, ‘skew wiff’ and ‘exit signs’ garnering press support far and wide (including Line of Best Fit, The Forty-Five, Tirade, Wonderland and more), she went to play a string of live dates including The Great Escape Festival, where she amassed tastemakers and new fans alike with her unmistakable unique sound and confident stage presence.
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For a while carina battled with her mental health and deep rooted feelings of disassociation, as a result, music became the perfect outlet. Her music has since become an extension of her, essentially narrating her life – she initially began writing through the tragic death of her best friend which evolved into stories of heartache and navigating life as a teenager – and so becoming the prolific songwriter she is today.
Having recently played at Soho House’s ‘Future First’ event, since the release of her breakout debut EP ‘spaceout!’, the artist has seen some major press highlights: catching the attention of Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 show, Radio 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova, Jess Iszatt’s BBC Radio London Introducing, Clash, Wonderland, Notion, New Wave and more. Her work is self-reflective and with a maturity way beyond her years, the self-proclaimed ‘old soul’ is sharing her experiences through the lens of a young artist. The future is bright for this young star.
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