In Berlin-based recording artist Laura Carbone’s body of recorded work, she has never shied away from excavating and shining a light on the conflicting peaks and valleys of romantic love, even to the point of personal discomfort. This rare trait embodies an emotional authenticity shared yesterday and today by only a select few artists with the boldness to dig deep and the special gift of speaking both to and for us in expressing what they’ve found. Chief among them is arguably the inimitable Roy Orbison.
Craig Dyer from The Underground Youth is another such soul-miner, exploring and exposing the depths of the human “id” since forming his groundbreaking band in Manchester in 2008. TUY has released 10 albums since then, and toured the globe from New York to Shanghai establishing a bulletproof reputation as one of the premier psyche/noise purveyors of our time. When the band resettled in Berlin in 2016, their shared musical affinities and penchant for the same late-night haunts made it inevitable that Craig and Laura would meet. When they did, they discovered a shared love of darker-tinged romantic pop songs from across the ages, the foundation that would eventually lead to the collaboration behind this EP.
As 2020 developed into the year of the pandemic, both artists found themselves isolated and cut off from their accustomed work processes, but no less driven to create. Craig’s emotional connection to Orbison traces back to his grandmother and an earlier time when the two of them would celebrate the big man’s music together. Now, looking to honor both her and Roy’s influence, Craig initially toyed with the idea of recording a few Orbison covers on his own at home during the autumn. This seed then blossomed into a full-fledged labor of love project when he decided to pitch Laura the idea of doing an EP of four specific Orbison songs as duets. Equally hungry for a creative outlet under lockdown and....... więcej