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Approved: Erin McCarley

By | Published on Tuesday 10 October 2017

Erin McCarley

Released last month, Erin McCarley’s latest album, ‘Yu Yī’, sees her continue to frame her pop songs in a more electronic sound, and with more success than on her second album. Having previously been signed to Universal Music, her first LP as an independent artist sees her imbued with a new energy.

In part, that energy is derived from recent political events in the US, which ended up influencing the record as she was making it. “The 2016 election threw another layer of energy into this record”, she tells Hiskind. “I scrapped five songs and replaced them with post-election written tunes. I was unable to stay quiet”.

She goes on: “Every co-write would wind up in hours of discussions and sharing thoughts of ‘WTF is going on?’ or ‘Where is the decency and the moral code?’ If a record is personal, it is going to hit on what you are currently going through. The political climate was a big occupant in my personal space at the time of making this record, and it definitely took the front seat”.

That said, latest single ‘Sexicon’ is one of the record’s less anxious moments. “We had fun not taking ourselves too seriously”, she says of working on the song with producer Evan Hutchings and co-writer Natalie Hemby.

The video for ‘Sexicon’ has just been released. Watch it here:

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