Hello and thank you! I’ve been busy juggling motherhood, my other job as an arts journalist, music and more. The time goes so quickly — I can’t believe it’s already November.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Goodguy Sun”?
“Goodguy Sun” was written by Martin Newell, of England. He’s a songwriting hero of mine and we’ve performed/recorded together a bit in the past. He sent me the demo of the song and said he thought it would suit me. I was, of course, delighted, and recorded this version with my friends/bandmates Khoi Huynh, KC Bowman, Bradley Skaught and Gina Sperinde, with KC as the producer. I think Martin is great at capturing the feelings of autumn, which is something I strive to do as well, so it seemed right to record and release the song right away. The “bee side” is called “Sisters of the Pollen,” which I wrote at the request of my friend Tara Pandeya, a renowned dancer/choreographer. She wanted a song celebrating the ecological importance of pollinators such as honeybees for a dance project. This is a topic dear to my heart. At the end of the song you can hear an amazing recording of real queen bees piping. That comes from my friend Richard Youell, who is a great nature recordist.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’d certainly like to do videos for both songs, so it’s something we’re considering, but we haven’t actually made any yet. You can check out all our previous videos at https://tinyurl.com/y96wke55.
What role does San Francisco play in your music?
Some of our albums (especially “Poppy Seeds” by The Corner Laughers) have been very inspired by/directly about California. But even songs that aren’t particularly Californian in topic have, I’m sure, some sort of West Coast “sound” inherent to them in some vague way. I think the environment can’t help but play at least a bit of a role in influencing both songwriting and sound.
How Neko Case and Jenny Lewis has influence your writing?
I don’t know if they’ve influenced my songwriting specifically but they’re certainly both artists I admire. Aside from her music, Neko Case is brilliant on Twitter and is one of my favorite people to follow: an excellent blend of intelligent outrage and cute animal photos.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Most of the time I write and perform my own songs (although there is always collaboration involved when bringing the songs to a band format). When I’m not the songwriter, especially singing lyrics written by someone else, it’s a fun challenge, sort of like slipping on someone else’s shadow for a while.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I hope so but if anything is coming along it’s doing so very slowly at the moment! I’ve been so busy with other parts of life that I haven’t felt like I have much time for songwriting, so it’ll be awhile, probably. I always have a few ideas percolating, though and you never know when inspiration may strike.
Any plans to hit the road?
We recently did a mini-tour in Vermont and played a Big Stir gig in Southern California. I haven’t made any future touring plans yet.
What else is happening next in Karla Kane’s world?
The band and I are contributing tracks to tributes to Paul Williams and XTC for two (separate) upcoming compilations, which should be coming out in the next year or so. It’s fun to try and put our own spin on things.