After a surprisingly productive 2020 making her own stunning version of Radiohead’s The Bends, Rosie Carney has returned with a new single. Written with Alt-J’s Charlie Andrews and Ben Francis-Leftwich at a Spotify songwriting camp in Metropolis Studios in London, “Party Dress” has Carney in familiar territory. The song is misty and alluring, Carney’s voice quietly rippling on the surface over acoustic guitar notes. “Sometimes I get caught out / Wondering where you are now,” she exhales in that mystifying way that she does.
Of the song, how it came into existence, and her songwriting partners for it, Carney says:
“A lot of the time writing sessions can feel forced and can be pretty anxiety inducing for me, but when Ben, Charlie and I all sat down together, the song kind of fell out of us. We spoke honestly about all the shit we’d recently been going through, mine being the end of an extremely toxic relationship in which I constantly felt the need to minimise myself for the other person. I first met Ben in a writing session when I was a nervous, newly signed 16-year-old. He’s always been someone I can call for the best advice or to just chat shit with. We’ve known each other for such a long time so getting to write this song with him and Charlie was extremely special to me.”
Carney is currently mixing her second proper album, which, according to her, has “my longest, shortest, most delicate and heaviest songs all in one place.” Needless to say the BPM team are excited and can’t wait, but until then “Party Dress” will happily tide us over – as well as reminding us once again why we fell in love with Carney’s music in the first place.