Rosie Carney announces her lockdown rendition of Radiohead’s seminal mental health album The Bends. It is due on December 11th via Color Study (Lav, Charli Adams, Haux) and today she also shares her recording of “Bones”.
Tackling a ground-breaking stretch of pop history requires tact and dedication to make it your own. Rosie Carney’s personal connection to the music brings to bear her stunning take of The Bends, highlighted in her arrangement of “Bones”.
“I recorded “Bones” the day before I flew home to spend the rest of lockdown with my family in Ireland” Carney explains to NME.
“I listened to it nonstop as I travelled from my flat in London into the middle of nowhere. Every single line resonated with me on such a deep level and after this one I became far more confident in how I wanted the songs to sound if they were mine.”
Like so many others this year, Carney’s original career plans and mental health were derailed by the pandemic. Having to abandon her recording plans, she relapsed into depression and decamped from London to her bedroom in her parent’s house in Ireland. While receiving treatment there she decided to cover ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ but when she saw how many people had already done it, she changed tack and went for the LP in full as a bigger challenge.
Sketching out most of the album on Garageband she drafted in co-producer JMAC (Haux, Luz) who added violin, viola, cello, drums, horns, woodwinds and vocoder remotely.
It’s not the first time Carney’s battles have dovetailed with her love of Radiohead. She recalls going to see them as a teenager and having an anxiety attack in the arena. She blacked out and woke up in the first aid room. Now, covering the band as therapy, it’s a poetic example of things coming full circle.
It’s also an unfortunate echo of the mental health struggles she suffered as a sixteen-year-old signee to a major label. Back then, the debut album she went on to create was her silver lining. Released in 2019 to critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, NME, The Line of Best Fit, The Sunday Times, Mojo, Consequence of Sound, BPM, When The Horn Blows, The Independent and The Irish Times, Bare has garnered over a hundred million streams on Spotify alone and led to collaborations with The Paper Kites, Lisa Hannigan and Haux, and tours with Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Talos.
Rosie Carney’s version of The Bends is due for release on December 11th via Color Study and “Bones” is out now. You can pre-order the album here.
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