New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, and LA-based musician Kelsy Karter has performed a handful of powerful tunes for the latest edition of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home while in quarantine.
Set to release her debut album, Missing Person, on Friday, October 2nd, Karter’s record is a culmination of years spent rising through the music scene to create something truly amazing.
Having burst onto the scene a few years ago, Karter has fast become one of the most-talked about names in music, thanks in part to her bluesy, soulful approach to rock music, paired with an inimitable performance style which makes her a vital addition to any music collection.
To celebrate the forthcoming album, Karter took to her living room with guitarist Jordan Tyler to bust out a run of tracks that showcase her worth as a mesmerising performer, and adds truth to her bio line which notes that “if Angelina Jolie and Mick Jagger had a one night stand, you’d get Kelsy Karter”.
“First one we’re going to do is a song called ‘Liquor Store On Mars’,” Karter explained. “The actual record features Adam Slack from The Struts. It was basically just a song about escapism. I was going through a really dark, angry time a couple of years ago, and nowhere seemed far enough away from that pain. So Mars will have to do.
“I walked into the studio one day and said to Michael, my mate who I wrote the song with, ‘I’m going to have to move to the moon,’ and he’s like, ‘Let’s write this song that I’ve had an idea for, called “Liquor Store On Mars”,” and yeah, we wrote it.”
As the set continues, Karter shares a “reimagined”, “pretty” version of “Catch Me If You Can”, before busting out “God Knows I’ve Tried”, which she describes as a “love letter to myself, and an apology letter to everyone else”.
To wrap up her set though, Karter performed the track that she’s quite likely best known for, with the Harry Styles tribute, “Harry”. Famously promoting the release of the track with a fake face tattoo of Styles’ own face, Karter notes that the track isn’t on her new album, but will likely one she’ll play for the rest of her life.
Check out Kelsy Karter’s performance in the player above, or by heading over to Rolling Stone Australia’s Instagram page. In the meantime, her debut album, Missing Person will be released on October 2nd, serving as – as she puts it – a “compilation of stories from my life, from a very dark time, and how I came out of that.”