As much as we don’t want to admit it, winter is here. It would seem all too appropriate, then, to introduce you to a track that’s been on our playlist for the last month; ‘Winter’ by Rosie Carney.
If you’re coming to ‘Winter’ not acquainted with Rosie Carney, then you need to know that she is mature beyond her years when it comes to songwriting. You’d be forgiven for thinking she was a long lost contemporary of Joni Mitchell. Or someone with decades worth of experiences to relate about life, love and adversity. Not a newcomer who has barely left her teens behind.
Produced with her frequent collaborator, Orri McBrearty, in her hometown of Donegal, ‘Winter’ follows on from highly acclaimed singles, ‘Your Moon’ and ‘Awake Me’.
With her dulcet tones, organic textures and dreamlike ambient production ‘Winter’ is Carney at her very best. In her own words she said, “Winter is a confessional song written about knowing when something is over. It’s inspired by the brutally honest truth experienced when realising something is coming to an end. Regardless of whether or not that’s what you want. It captures the true cold essence of winter which can be felt when letting go. It was, of course, written in the winter. The instrumentation and production were very much inspired by the cold and bare landscapes around me. Everything is raw and minimal”.
The song is just another part of the exciting year she has had; having played shows supporting Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Saint Sister and Haux, as well co-headlining dates with Henry Jamison in the UK and Ireland.
At 20, Rosie Carney has spent close to half of her life in the music industry, developing a debut body of work to be unveiled across the next year. She left school in rural Ireland at 13 to showcase in New York and Los Angeles and was signed before she was old enough to drive.
Her later teen years were absorbed by twin struggles of asserting herself creatively in a larger system, ultimately leaving it all together, while facing her own challenges with mental health. Throughout her youthful evolution, the one constant has been her songs, which play a dual role of being both cathartic and empowering,
‘Winter’ is out now via Akira Records, and you can listen to Rosie Carney on Spotify