Carmen Rosa reveals her new song ‘Give Me Love’, the second to be taken from her forthcoming debut EP ‘Wild One’, due for release on May 9th.
The accompanying video was directed by celebrated music and fashion photographer Bella Howard – her first foray into video – alongside Laura Colada. The dream-scape like short film stars a lip-syncing Ginger George – the drag alter ego of Swim Deep’s Austin Williams.
Bella said: “I fell in love with the song upon first listen and immediately said yes to making a video. I really wanted to shoot a guy looking like Tricky in those shots with the lipstick and mascara on – Carmen was on the same page so Ginger, Austin’s alter-ego immediately came to mind”
Bella and Laura referenced PJ Harvey for Ginger’s makeup, and Austin styled it himself. The shoot took place at Bella’s home.
“We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere. I loved the idea of shooting in spring with the blossom, and that feeling of birth/renewal and being free to be who you want. Austin/Ginger was the perfect choice. I loved working with Laura and shooting alongside her then editing the video in the evenings whilst in Nicaragua with her. The whole process was incredibly chilled and natural which was the best experience for my first music video. I hope they are all like this”
Carmen Rosa has already begun carving a name for herself as a songwriter. Over the last twelve months she has been credited to songs cut by global powerhouse Kygo, as well as rising stars Village, Rhodes and Wildes, with more due for release over the months ahead.
Earlier this year, Carmen unveiled her debut song and video ‘Wild One’ to critical acclaim. ‘Give Me Love’ joins what will be a four song set on her debut EP (also titled ‘Wild One’), due for release on Hometown Records, the label behind early releases for Rejjie Snow, Rat Boy and Speelberg.
‘Give Me Love’ is the EP’s standout piano ballad moment with it’s defiant but crushing refrain,
“don’t let us die or live a lie forever / you can try but you’ll never find a love that’s better.”
Carmen said: “‘Give Me Love‘ is about the simple desire to be loved by a person who is too afraid to truly love you back. Or that maybe you’re both too afraid to admit that the relationship would not survive without the self destruction and drama.”
Carmen Rosa came to music through the movies. Both her father, and grandfather, worked as producers in the film business, and as a result she was surrounded by the creative process from an early age. It was the part music played in bringing scenes to life that inflicted her with the music bug.
“As I was growing up I was always drawn to the soundtracks. I’d occasionally catch early cuts of scenes before the music had been added, and then seeing it come to life… I was fascinated by the way music can make something so much more powerful.”
Fast forward several years and you can hear the cinematic influence in Carmen Rosa’s string soaked arrangements. In some cases, quite intentionally. “I love the Danny Elfman scores; Edward Scissorhands in particular is so magical and we actually used that as a reference when we were recording ‘Give Me Love’. All the soaring strings and layered vocals.”