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Rosie Carney shares new single “Party Dress”

It follows her full-length rendition of Radiohead’s seminal LP The Bends.

Following on from her stunning rendition of Radiohead’s seminal album The Bends, Rosie Carney shares new single “Party Dress”.

Listen to “Party Dress”

“Party Dress” was written with Charlie Andrews (Alt-J) and Ben Francis-Leftwich on Carney’s return from New York at a Spotify songwriting camp in Metropolis studios in London.

“I didn’t realise at the time how iconic the studio was until I found myself playing some chords on Freddie Mercury’s piano!“ she laughs.

“A lot of the time writing sessions can feel forced and can be pretty anxiety inducing for me, but when Ben, Charlie and I all sat down together, the song kind of fell out of us. We spoke honestly about all the shit we’d recently been going through, mine being the end of an extremely toxic relationship in which I constantly felt the need to minimise myself for the other person. I first met Ben in a writing session when I was a nervous, newly signed 16-year-old. He’s always been someone I can call for the best advice or to just chat shit with. We’ve known each other for such a long time so getting to write this song with him and Charlie was extremely special to me.”

In some ways, “Party Dress” is a return to the acoustic sounds of Carney’s 2019 debut LP Bare (which has been streamed over 100M times). Since then, she has been experimenting with production styles, including a 2020 EP i dreamed I was the night (co-produced with Thomas Bartlett – Sufjan Stevens, Florence & The Machine), a cover of “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl” with label mate Charli Adams, and most significantly, last year’s cover of The Bends LP which brought string arrangements, a range of vocal effects, and even Shoegaze influence to her formerly traditional sound.

The evolution paid off. The Guardian review writes “Carney finds magic in minimalism”, Uncut said it was “Immaculately re-imagined”, The Line of Best Fit “A stunning coup”, and Stereogum lauded her “ghostly Carrie and Lowell-esque” transformation of the whole album. Further praise came across the board from Spin, NME, Paste, Concequence of Sound, NPR, The Forty Five, Uncut and much more.

Carney is close to finishing her second original LP and follow up to Bare, and she promises the evolution will continue. “We’re working on mixes now and the new record will have my longest, shortest, most delicate and heaviest songs all in one place.” In the meantime, fans can enjoy the sad but relative ease of “Party Dress”.

Rosie Carney’s releases “Party Dress” today on Color Study.

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