When Carry Illinois’ bassist John Winsor took his life in 2016, the
remaining members were numbed by their loss. They channeled their emotions the
best way musicians know how: the release of a new album “Garage Sale”. The
emotional 6-track tackles their loss not with sadness and helplessness, but
with hope for their future.
by John Vanderslice, the album focuses on the importance of singer Lizzy
Lehman’s lyrics and is a stripped-down wonder. Electric Charm is an upbeat
bouncy track that comes from a 2-song release called “Electric
video’s colorful animation by Yukai Du is a unique representation of the music
through color and morphing from one shape to the next. The result is the best
dang thing I have seen in a long time!
states that the song "Electric Charm"
began as a way for her to express and work through the pain that she
experienced being bullied in high school. “The only place I truly felt safe and at home was on stage and in the
choir room. It wasn't until college that I was able to make friends that I
could relate to and be myself around. I could finally express my true
self without the fear of being ridiculed or laughed at. It is only in the
last couple years that I have found the strength to reflect on those early
years with the confidence of knowing that I have risen above the hurtful words
of my youth and find myself living happily.”
chose to have a video made for this song to express the growth in her personal
confidence. She also wanted to have a beautiful piece of art that featured the
musical talents of their former bass player John Winsor, who tragically took
his own life in March 2016. This video is for him.
working with Yukai Du of Bliink Studios (Brighton, England) the collaboration
came about very naturally. They provided her with the lyrics, the themes of the
song, the color palette they preferred, and then gave her free-reign to work
“I like to give creative folks as much
freedom as possible when starting a project and then ask for certain elements
to be modified, provide criticism, and express my thoughts as the process
happens. The imagery of a solitary person in space, the electric elements of
earth, and the colorful abstract shifting shapes tie together the intimate
themes of the song while creating a universal feel that people can relate to.”
video for "Electric Charm" is an exciting creative step for the band
and Lizzy looks forward to diving deeper into more collaborative artistic
efforts with future songs.
tribute to her friend and band mate is simply touching and beautifully done. It
is an honor to listen to these lyrics and support this release. We suggest you
check out Carry Illinois’s upcoming release “Garage Sale” which comes out May
12th. It is jam packed with songs that will instantly give you goose