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Born in New Jersey, indie-pop songstress Carrie Lane began her professional modeling career at age 18, landing big brand campaigns. In addition to her role in the prestigious fashion world, Carrie is also a singer-songwriter. She moved to Los Angeles last year to pursue her musical career and has since caught the ear of major publications like Nylon and dominated Spotify’s discover charts. Her debut EP, California Freaks, was released just a few weeks ago and is proving to be an impressive standout on the LA pop scene.
California Freaks opens with “Florida Keys,” a sultry track that introduces us to Carrie’s distinct, modern Amy Winehouse-esque voice, moving through sleek tropical vibes and pulsing dance beats. Next, Carrie loses herself in “Drowning,” a swirling, dizzying pop-meets-R&B tune. Here, she confronts the new and oftentimes bewildering world of Los Angeles, mixing feelings of confusion with hot punches of ecstasy. The EP’s next song is “If I Can’t Be With You,” a deliciously beachy love song. Carrie’s voice is at its best here, vulnerable in its passion as she admits “They all say never get too deep / I’m afraid I’m already lost in you” against a rich percussion-based rhythm. Despite its fleeting length, there are so many elements to the tune — bluesy, woozy delivery, instrumental fadeouts and crescendos — that make it a perfect summertime anthem. California Freaks ends with the radio-ready “Think About It,” a moving and emotional R&B dance track that has Carrie confessing to her faults in a failed relationship. Her firecracker voice sings tough, poignant lyrics like “I’m the President of lonely, yeah I hold the trophy” and “I’m in the hall of shame for all the dying flames,” giving a killer vocal performance above throbbing electric beats.
On California Freaks, pop songstress Carrie Lane confronts her flaws with honesty and grace. The resulting product is a seriously addicting collection of dance gems. At their surface, they are instrumentally complex hits led by mesmerizing vocals. At their core, they are poetic confessions from an inspiring young artist. If this record is any indication of what Carrie Lane has to offer, we want more and we want it now.
Read our exclusive Buzz Artist Q&A with Carrie where she chats a bit about the LA scene, working with pop artist ROZES, and what’s next:
Buzz Artist: First, can you tell Buzz Artist a little about yourself and your music?
Carrie Lane: For sure! My name is Carrie Lane and I’m an indie-pop singer based in LA who loves storytelling and sharing my experiences through music.
BA: Los Angeles is a huge hub for all sorts of music, but especially pop. How has the LA music scene influenced your work since moving there last year?
CL: Absolutely! LA has completely changed my style and vibe. I was writing folk music when I moved to LA, actually, because a lot of the pop music I was writing back on the East Coast originally sounded very inauthentic and I needed to find a new medium to express myself. I was in a very male-dominated band scene when I was in New York and I found myself an admirer of a lot of the people I ran with as opposed to a peer, but now I feel I’m truly hitting my stride.
BA: You’re supporting ROZES at a few gigs next month. Are you excited to collaborate with her?
CL: She actually cowrote my EP with me! I’ve always been excited to work with her — this will just be a new medium for us to connect on. Bottom line is I am SUPER excited. Hopefully more dates to follow.
BA: What was the production process like for your debut EP, California Freaks?
CL: I cowrote it with ROZES and Pat Mencel and we kind of flew by the seat of our pants to be honest! Each song was a different adventure and road and came about organically.
BA: You developed this record with the intention of it being an honest, therapeutic representation of yourself. Luckily, it’s relating to fans, too. Can you talk a little about your songwriting process?
CL: Absolutely! We kind of took whatever we were feeling that day and ran with it. Whether it was a lyric or melody or beat or emotion, we took what felt most organic.
BA: What’s your favorite track off California Freaks?
CL: Probably “Florida Keys”! It’s a dreamy pop love song and it always gets me in the mood to dance.
BA: You’re getting a lot of well-deserved buzz on big name websites: how has support on social media helped you as an up-and-coming artist?
CL: Thank you! I think if you’re able to align your music with publications and mediums that already have fan bases that would be generally interested in your music, it gives you a great platform to reach so many people and broaden yourself as an artist.
BA: If you could collaborate with 5 musicians, living or dead, who would they be?
CL: Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, David Bowie, & Amy Winehouse
BA: What has been your most memorable musical moment so far?
CL: Probably the first time I played in LA last month at Dirty Laundry. I felt everything click and connect and I felt my heart beat the way I knew it would when I felt everything coming together.
Buzz Artist: Finally, what’s next for Carrie Lane?
Carrie Lane: We shall see! Hopefully some new music, tour dates, and a music video for “Think About It” real soon. Keep ya posted!