It sounds slightly rude to describe the new music of Carmel as ‘mature’. It suggests one of two things. Possibly both.
First it implies that her 80s hits, now a distant memory given the speed of today’s world, were immature. And second, it could be construed as a comment on the age of a pop star returning after three decades out of the business.
So, when I say that the new singles from Carmel are ‘mature’, know that I don’t mean either of these things. What I mean is that these tracks deal with points of view which are more ‘grown up’ and don’t tally with a lot of the shallow tracks you hear on today’s radio.
And, for that, Carmel and her new band should be applauded.
Influenced by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, and marrying those styles with intricate indie-rock guitar lines, Weinf is a songwriter who offers something a little different from the norm. A little to light to be rock, but too heavy to be a classic ‘singer-songwriter’, he instead finds a middle ground musically while lyrically pouring his heart out on new album ‘Requiem for Myself’.
The album happened almost by accident – the result of a writing binge which followed some awful medical news which had the potential to prematurely end Weinf’s life. The result is an album of songs on a very definite theme, questioning life itself, his place in it and various other deep themes that occurred to him during this stretch of time.
And now, having been told that all is well in terms of his health, the timing is perfect to get these songs out there – exploring dark feelings while safe in the knowledge that there is a happy ending coming. It would have been difficult listening were it not for that outcome, but as it is it simply documents an uncertain period with great dexterity.