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.”
Its not safe to talk here
the walls are listening
the line is so clear
almost feel your skin touching my skin
so push push the light switch
spark up another cigarette
breathe in slow slow slow
explode explode explode
So push your fingers in
come on touch my frightened heart
bring your quiet mouth closer
I want to smash through
smash through this moment ’til it’s gone
just want to have you
that’s all that’s all that’s all
Please don’t stop
be mine in a carpet made of stars
i close my eyes and dive in
please don’t stop because i’m scared too
please don’t stop because i’m scared too
The new album was released in North America on May 1st 2012 and September 10th to 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.
“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.”
Hailing 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.
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, and worked on their album ‘Conditions of My Parole’ and ‘Donkey Punch The Night’.
Carina co-writes and performs frequently with other artists she 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, performing and touring with Tears For Fears, as well as completing a couple albums with her Alt-Country side project Early Winters. TV and film placements include American Horror Story, Pretty Little Liars, Dollhouse, Being Human, Vampire Diaries, GRIMM, Teen Wolf, Warner Brothers film ‘The Lucky Ones’, the film ‘Dark Hearts’ as well as many more. Currently Carina tours with Puscifer and is working on new material.
|Born||1979 (age 33–34)
|Labels||Animal Noise, Interscope|
|Associated acts||Puscifer, Early Winters|
image by Kim Sung-Jin