Beginning her songwriting and musical career at the young age of six in her Northern Carolina bedroom studio set-up. Multi-genre artist AnnabelleCardin uses her music to make sense of life's many grey areas, undefined emotions, and life changes.
She finds herself connecting with listeners through her simple, relatable production nature and style. Her new single "Rosy" layers her thin yet heavy vocals atop deep guitar and drum instrumentals.
This contrast between dreamy, intimate vocals and strong tunes is what sets her apart as an artist and allows her to create melodic and lyrically ambiguous songs. Listeners will feel an immediate connection to this track as Cardin touches on being drawn in so many directions by her emotions and feelings.
As this single continues to flow, each confident lyric is paired with a high-level musical background which keeps the single moving. Cardin shares very similar ideals to many other adolescent musicians with a strong optimism for the future while still holding a quintessential pessimism clearly shown in lyrics like "Every night feels like wind burnt cheeks, painted warm."
Every lyric, verse, and single written by Cardin holds a powerful nature that is filled with in-depth emotions and connections to more difficult times.
Your new single “Rosy” is filled with so much power and emotion, can you tell us a little bit about your inspiration behind this piece?
Hi, thanks! Rosy is a song about waiting for and sort of romanticizing the future. It started with the line “only you can make me old,” which sat in the back of my head for a while until I developed the rest of the lyrics. Between that and the imagery of standing in the cold with rosy cheeks, I was trying to portray this idea that my hopes and wishful expectations for the future are ultimately what give me this sense of time passing and changing me, while also acknowledging through the metaphor of standing in the cold that it can be painful to have to wait so long for all of these things that you’ve spent your life romanticizing to actually happen.
How do you feel that “Rosy” fits into the style and themes of other music you have produced?
A lot of my music in the past few years has been slower rock inspired by the grunge rock I’ve grown up on, and even some more folk-sounding stuff. During the past few months, I’ve really started branching out and listening to more of that recent indie sound, and I definitely see that showing through a lot in Rosy. It holds onto the essence of my writing style while incorporating even more of the sounds that I’m inspired by, which is something I’m really excited about.
Would you say you have any artists that you feel you draw influence from in your music or produce similar to?
Yeah, honestly, I feel inspired by all of the artists I listen to, and I try to grasp onto as many of those sounds as possible when I’m producing music. In Rosy, that overdriven guitar and the loud cymbals in the chorus come more from stuff like Smashing Pumpkins while the main beat comes from that typical percussion sound that you hear in a lot of current indie music, like often in Girl in Red who I’ve been particularly into lately.
It is so inspiring that you have been able to create such powerful, emotion-filled music from your bedroom, because of this what would your advice be to listeners who want to join the music industry but feel they don’t have the means?
Well, my studio setup took several years to come about. Like most people, I just started out with a guitar and my amp and I’d crudely record my songs on my phone. Being able to produce higher quality music with good equipment definitely helps the songs sound more like the way they sound in my head, and of course, that makes me feel like what other people hear in my music is as I intended it to be heard. However, none of the studio equipment is really necessary for the music to truly express what thought goes into it. As long as you’re honest and vulnerable in your writing, that will translate into the recording, no matter what your equipment looks like.
What has been keeping you inspired to create music?
Definitely just listening to music and recognizing how that makes me feel. Sometimes I’ll have a song playing and then I’ll have to pause it and run to my guitar because I’m so inspired by the way the artist communicates and I want to put my own interpretation on that emotion or concept too. Even when I’m not listening to music, I’ve sort of just built this habit where, instinctively, I have to just write stuff out or sit down with the guitar for a while. It’s the cliche that everyone uses, but I really couldn’t live without it.