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Having taken to the likes of Isle Of Wight Festival and RiZE Festival over the summer, off the back of her Love Just Ain’t Enough EP, Kara Marni today releases her latest single Move to coincide with tickets going on sale for her London headline show. The rising star will be taking to Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on 14 November 2018.
Move sees Kara up the tempo. “It’s a song about that classic situation where you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” she says of the track. “He realises what he’s missing, but you ain’t having any of it.”
Celebrating things to come by delving into her musical past, Kara Marni has provided us with an insight into her most inspirational tracks and artists. But first, here’s an introduction from the lady herself:
The tracks that have been instrumental in helping me get this far are mainly by the soul greats my dad used to play around the house when I was younger, that inspired me to sing in the first place.
When I first heard First Time I ever Saw Your Face, I felt something that I hadn’t felt until then, it was a sense of awe that left me feeling inspired. Similarly with Minnie and hearing Loving You, I was so mesmerised at how she could make these incredible sounds and made me want to try them out.
Later on discovering Stronger Than Me and hearing how wonderfully Amy wrote and delivered that track and Lauryn with Ex Factor and the rest of the Miseducation album made me feel the same sense of awe the way I did listening to them growing up and made me wanting to start experimenting and writing my own stories.
Reading back these tracks in a list, it wasn’t conscious at all but funny that they were all by females. <3
Minnie Ripperton – Loving You
Hearing Loving You, I was so mesmerised at how Minnie could make these incredible sounds it made me want to try them out and experiment more vocally.
Roberta Flacks – First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
When I first heard First Time I Ever Saw Your Face I was sat in my dad’s recliner chair in his music room, hearing the velvet voice that came out the speakers, I felt something that I hadn’t felt until then, it was a sense of awe that left me feeling so inspired… I literally had goose-bumps from head to toe.
Dorothy Moore – Misty Blue
One of my mum’s all times favourites to play at home and now is one of mine and holds a special in my heart for that reason.
Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game
What’s interesting is as I’ve grown older and lived my life this song resonates to me in a different way to when I first heard it. The lyric is so simple yet so powerful. It’s a heavy song with a deep emotion but for some reason I feel a sense of comfort listening to it, I guess that’s because it makes me feel like I’m not alone when I feel a sense of loss.
Lauryn Hill – Ex Factor
Discovering her with this song made me feel the same sense of awe the way I did listening to the old soul greats growing up. The pain in her voice on the record really moved me too and triggered me to start experimenting with my own melodies and lyrics for my own stories.
Catch Kara Marni perform at London’s Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on 14 November 2018. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.