Part Sonic Youth, part Mazzy Star, Laura Carbone's music could be
interpreted as a function of the contrast between the rough,
industrial city of Manheim, Germany, where she grew up, and sunny,
dreamy Los Angeles, where she has written so much of her music. The
result is indie rock that treads on the gloomy side of pop avenue,
with bittersweet melodies awash in reverb and haunted by feedback.
began her musical journey in 2008 as the singer in the Manheim punk
band Deine Jugend, with whom she released an EP and two full length
albums. In 2014 she recorded her first solo EP, which was followed by
the album Sirens in 2015. A show at SxSW in Austin in 2016
(her first in the US) put her on the track to return the very next
year. This led to tours with The Jesus and Mary Chain, INVSN and The
Pains of Being Pure at Heart in that same year.
the while on tour, Carbone had been working on new music that became
Empty Sea, her latest LP, the title of which alludes to the
Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The True Bride," in which a
kidnapped princess must empty a lake with a spoon full of holes.
Recorded at the infamous RAMA studios with Christian Bethge, Empty
Sea once again tempers Carbone's more dissonant tendencies, fully on
display in such songs as “Cellophane Skin,” with the Californian,
desert-infused psychedelia of “Tangerine Tree.”