As kick off another (dull?) Monday, we here on VENTS are hoping to change that mood with the premiere of Irene Carson’s properly titled “something strange is happening.” The track blends distorted vocals with a loud experimental approach to music reminiscent of a messy Talking Head or Beck.
In addition, we get to sit with Carson to discuss the new single and more!
Hi Irene, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Barely hanging on tbh haha.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Something Strange Is Happening”?
Yeah I wrote it two years ago in LA and have been kinda sitting on it wondering whether I should toss it or release it since then but it started to resonate pretty heavily recently.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I have almost no memory of writing it, but I think it started to click again because of how terrifying the Trump administration and Russian interference are.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Um, me and my sister shot like half a video. It was a sick concept but idk if I’ll release it. We might come thru with vids for other tracks tho.
How was the recording and writing process?
The guitar (and one vocal) in the final track are actually from the original voice memo I demo-d this track with in 2016, so it was crazy trying to make a fucking voice memo work in an actual recording haha.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Every time I approach music I approach it fresh.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
“something strange”! Is off of “the art of war” which is an Irene Carson album and I’ll put that out in like a month or less. I also released an album under i2m1 (with Graham Gale) earlier this year, and I’ll be releasing full projects and singles with two other groups (with Colorado musicians Stephen Patrick and Logan Snowden).
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Soon also yeah it’s “the art of war”.
Any plans to hit the road?
Nah but I should lmao.
What else is happening next in Irene Carson’s world?