November 10, 2017
Lo Carmen Releases ‘Lovers Dreamers Fighters’
Sixth full-length album offers slow-burning take on country soul
LOS ANGELES — November 10, 2017 — With lyrics carved out on a rural Georgia porch, singer-songwriter Lo Carmen’s new album, Lovers Dreamers Fighters, combines silky-smooth vintage soul and supernatural country. The 10-track collection is available now, digitally and on vinyl through Chiquita Records.
A poet and storyteller first and foremost, Carmen offers luminous observations that reflect on the mysteries of love and the different identities she’s occupied in the past few years while moving from her native Australia to Los Angeles, as well as songs written for musical heroes Etta James, Leonard Cohen and George Jones. Carmen self-produced the album, recording in Nashville at The Butcher Shoppe and Welcome to 1979 Studios with an all-star team including engineer David “Ferg” Ferguson (Sturgill Simpson, Johnny Cash), bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Nikki Lane, Dan Auerbach) and pedal steel maestro Russ Pahl (Sara Watkins, Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Rey).
When premiering the album, Culture Collide called it “perhaps the most sincere Americana record released in recent years” noting “her lyrics are the focal point throughout the album, floating gently above the softly-strummed guitars and delicate work of the rhythm section that act as a sunbaked backdrop to Carmen’s candid anecdotes.” Bonnie “Prince” Billy lends his iconic drawl to anthemic duet “Sometimes It’s Hard,” which premiered with Clash Music, who called it “divine… a real charmer… soaked in experience, in the kind of poetry that only comes from a life lived.” PopMatters called it an “atmospheric, swampy duet,” when premiering the video. Atwood Magazine had the first listen of the album’s title track, saying it held a “raw, unabashedly authentic quality” and that’s precisely Carmen’s allure: “It’s hard for a song to strip one down to the bone, but that’s the power of music and the magic of Lo Carmen.” Glide Magazine premiered “Last Thing I’ll Remember” from the album, noting the “gorgeous twangy pedal steel, sensual vocals, haunting guitar and harmonies, and a drumbeat that conveys a quiet loneliness.”
Seemingly born with music running through her veins, multi-talented creative presence Carmen composed her first original song at age ten, performing it publicly that night at a New Year’s Eve party at the Town Hall in her native Adelaide, South Australia, and the writing on the wall became clear: music was her destiny. As a teenager, she was a successful actress throughout Australia, starring in The Year My Voice Broke, Red Dog and the cult hit Blue Murder, though never losing sight of music as her passion. Since 2002, she has independently recorded five solo albums, as well as a honky tonk-jazz collaboration with her father, Australian country-rock pioneer, pianist Peter Head. She has toured throughout Europe, Australia and the US, opening for a diverse array of artists, as well as showcased at SXSW. She is currently based in Los Angeles.