As she is gearing up to release her new Homesick EP, Winchester-based Carley Varley is also experimenting with a shift in sound and genre. The indie pop artist has already released great singles in an emo-pop style, and now she’s going on a full alternative rock that sounds like Veruca Salt, and it’s brilliant.
Her latest single, “Somehow I’m Alive“, is the second installment from the upcoming EP and it showcases exactly how different from previous releases she is willing to go. The song, just like the full EP, is influenced by the music that Carley considers her roots and inspiration. Having grown up listening to the likes of Paramore and Linkin Park, the British artist is ready to take on the world with the sheer power of her songs. Much like the previous one “Better Without Me“, her new single shows an astounding amount of power, willingness, and yearning toward greatness.
Carley’s voice is at the best its ever sounded backed up by this bulkier and heavier production, going from Hayey Williams to Amy Lee in a matter of seconds – and it’s something that’s thrilling to hear. The lyrical themes found in “Somehow I’m Alive” also sound heavier and more mature, dealing with mental health struggles and anxiety, about how low things can get and how hard it can get to see a brighter side of life. But somehow she’s alive, and making great music.
The triumph found by Carley, especially on her two latest songs, is how she manages to find a balance between the heavier themes and production and still sound somewhat delicate and hopeful, like the best we’ve heard from Snail Mail and Liz Phair. Homesick EP is definitely going to up her on the map once and for all, and we’ll all be better for it.
If you enjoyed Carley Varley’s music and would like to stay updated, be sure to check out her official website. For social media, you can follow her Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. To listen to her music, you can head over to her Spotify and Apple Music profiles as well as her Youtube channel.
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