Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jacflash Artists: Carmela Antonio

Carmela Antonio is a Canadian singer/songwriter from Toronto, Canada. 
Carmela released her debut EP independently in the fall of 2008, entitled Slow Me Down. An independent distributor, Indiepool, based in Toronto, digitally distributed the record. It was a pop/soul/jazz inspired collection of her early works. The record did not do well, and after the release, Carmela felt a strange detachment from it. The failed attempt, combined with a series of life-altering events, including a break-up, and a major falling-out with her family, highly called for a two-year hiatus. 

During this break, Carmela sought refuge in music. She immersed herself in the sounds of Miike Snow, M.I.A., Julian Casablancas, Gil Scott-Heron, Lykke Li, Little Dragon, Janelle Mona√©, Friendly Fires, and her list could go on and on. With newfound inspiration, Carmela departed from the old image, and took on a completely different musical direction. In this short EP, Paper Dolls, she tells the story of a girl finding herself in the midst of chaos. Producer Diego Las Heras, captured the very essence of the subject matter and allowed Carmela’s true colours to grow. The growth in both her lyrics and delivery is evident. There is a marriage of sounds that boasts alternative, pop, rock, grunge, electronic, and soul. The title track, “Paper Dolls,” is a fun, cheeky female rant about cookie-cutter beauty, declaring that most guys “got no depth perception, only d!*% perception!” “Don’t You Worry” is a cool, Caribbean-inspired tune, that talks about the hollow reality of relationships gone wrong, and picking yourself back up again and learning from your mistakes. “Fame Whore” is about the excessive desire to be noticed and the aspiration to become something that isn’t quite real. “Blindside,” is a powerful and honest confessional of being completely lost and alone, and finding any excuse “to feel alive.” 

Check out Carmela's music here:
and stop by Jacflash and pick up a copy of her EP!! 

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