As the lead singer of The Heartstring Hunters, Carolyn Hunter charmed folk lovers with her angelic tone.
A sought-after Front Range talent, she has collaborated with Thom LaFond of Banshee Tree, toured with Daniel Rodriguez – formerly of Elephant Revival – and sang on his 2020 album “Sojourn of a Burning Sun”.
Her latest solo release, “Lovelight”, – released Friday – shows another side of the lively singer.
Infused with synth-pop, Hunter’s debut album takes a detour through the indie folk she is known to deliver. But, beneath the nodding rhythms, there is still a lot of poetic prowess and frightening harmonies.
Seductive, uplifting and brimming with feminine power, the eight-track album – recorded at Wolf Den Studios in Longmont – offers a refined collection of songs that are as dreamy as they are well-crafted.
Hunter’s adoration for electronic accessories shines on “Lovelight” in a way that makes listeners wonder why she hasn’t dived into this genre from the start.
At times, it’s reminiscent of English trip-hoppers Zero 7. At others, Hunter seems to be channeling a rich R&B flavor from the early 2000s, especially on ‘Goodbye to the Rain’.
From heart-stopping love songs to dancing tunes, the album is as much about finding your voice as it is knowing when and how to use it.
Hunter’s inclination for showbiz surfaced early on when she was cast for the lead role in a touring production of “Annie” at the age of 12. folk singer.
Recently, she joined Katie Boeck in October for a series of shows at the Dairy Arts Center that paid tribute to Joni Mitchell’s iconic album “Blue”.
We caught up with the touching designer to learn more about the inspiration behind her album, the artists she credits for helping shape her sound, and how she plans to spend this winter.
Kalène McCort: I love your recently released single “Giving Myself to You”. What inspired this song and would you say the writing and recording experience was cathartic?
Carolyn Hunter: Thank you. I wrote this song after a series of collisions with the frontman of a band. My feelings were badly hurt. I was pissed off that he didn’t recognize or validate my experience. I was pissed that no one around me did either. I felt his power and influence allowed him to treat me like he did. Writing this song allowed me to take back my power. Taking something really sad and serious and turning it into good art that is playful and fun – this is the ultimate catharsis. To sing aloud all the things you never had to say.
KM: What can people expect from your next “Lovelight?” “
CH: Desire, nostalgia, love, evolving sexuality, sensuality and electronic rhythms. A dreamlike world of my most intimate thoughts. Hopefully an exploration of their own desires. I would say it sounds the most like Maggie Rogers, HAIM or Taylor’s “Folklore”.
Here is something that I just read and which sums it up so well: “The naive young nature begins to understand that if there is something secret, if there is something shadowy, if there is something forbidden, it must be examined. – Clarissa Pinkola Estes, “Women who run with wolves”. “Lovelight” is about “examining” rewilding.
KM: Can we expect gigs or album release gigs along the Front Range?
CH: I really hope for something in the spring. Crossed fingers. And they can look forward to a music video for “Felt Like Love” which will be released on Monday, December 6th.
KM: Who are the artists who had a profound impact on your childhood, and would you consider any of these influences?
CH: Natalie Merchant, The Cranberries (two of my parents’ favorite artists), Mariah Carey, Leann Rimes, Alanis Morissette, The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Sara Bareilles. So many musicals like “The Last Five Years”, “Spring Awakening”, “Rent”. Then later in life Joni Mitchell, Elephant Revival, Maggie Rogers. I think all of these performers influenced this album in one way or another. And books too. So many characters in so many books.
KM: What are you looking forward to the most from winter in Colorado, and how do you plan to spend the season?
CH: I am delighted to be living in the city – in Boulder – this winter. I have been in Coal Creek Canyon for four years and the winters are much more severe there. I can’t wait to settle into a poetry series I’m working on, eventually taking language lessons and writing more music with my friend and “Lovelight” producer Julian Peterson.