Single Review: Rosie Carney – Winter

By on Tuesday, 21st November 2017 at 12:00 pm

Enigmatic and introspective Donegal-based singer/songwriter Rosie Carney has released a slow but steadily captivating stream of singles since signing to independent record label X Novo in 2016, including the acutely personal ‘Awake Me’, which TGTF reviewed back in the early part this year.  More recently, as we come to the close of 2017, Carney has unveiled a new track titled ‘Winter’, which captures both the fragile beauty of the upcoming season and the cold embrace of loneliness that sometimes accompanies it.

Carney’s ‘Winter’ is a stark and exquisitely executed metaphor for a broken relationship. Musically, its delicate acoustic guitar and bowed string instrumentation creates an intricate and shadowy harmonic backdrop for her brittle yet graceful vocal lines. Lyrically, Carney mingles poetry that clearly recalls the characteristic darkness and biting chill of winter with lines that are equally evocative of despair and desolation, as in the opening verse of the song: “I watch the leaves fall down at midnight / there is no sound but humming streetlights / I feel the cold that sleeps on my back”. Contemplating a solitary life without her lover, Carney sings, “I’ll count the days until they’re longer / but who said this haze would make me stronger?” Despite the haunting spectre of doubt, her musical accompaniment does gather courage in its dynamics, as the distant piano melody adds a shimmer of light in the sonic background, and a faint dusting of backing vocals provides depth behind the lingering lyric melody, “I’ll try forgetting you . . .” The final violin melody wraps around to reiterate the song’s introductory motif, leaving behind a poignant sense of longing even after the last strains of sound fade away.


‘Winter’ from Rosie Carney is out now. Carney will perform in London’s Notting Hill Arts Club on the 12th of December as part of CRC Music Presents, along with Night Flight and a secret headline act to be announced later. TGTF’s previous coverage of Rosie Carney, including an interview with her from last year at SXSW 2016, is collected right back here.

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