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Song You Need to Know: Carla Geneve, ‘Dog Eared’

The raucous number from Carla Geneve serves as the latest single from her forthcoming debut album, Learn To Like It.

Duncan Wright*

Following a pair of singles in 2020, Perth-based, Albany-native Carla Geneve has shared her latest single, “Dog Eared”, as the latest taste of her forthcoming debut album, Learn To Like It.

Premiering on triple j’s Good Nights earlier this week, “Dog Eared” is a crushing piece of rock that sits in perfect contrast to recent single, “The Right Reasons”. Inspired by her work as a music teacher, the track sees Geneve harnessing the same enthusiasm showcased by her students.

“I was driving home one night and I felt so excited and full of energy for music, and I guess life in general,” Geneve explains. “I didn’t really know why but I realised it was because I had been in a room of teenagers playing music with the pure, raw emotion that most people grow out of as you enter adulthood. I had taken some of that recklessness and it felt incredibly nostalgic.

“I dictated the words to ‘dog eared’ into my phone. It took me a while to finish the music because I really wanted to get it moving a bit more than my other songs. Capture a bit of that violence that I mostly stay away from on this record.”

The track is set to appear as the midpoint of Geneve’s forthcoming debut album, Learn To Like It, which, while serving as something of a reflection on the young artist’s own life experiences, also presents itself as an exercise in finding strength through vulnerability and raw emotion.

“[It was] very much a way for me to make sense of and explain my emotions to myself,” Geneve explains. “These songs came at a time that I was coming to terms with the positives and negatives of medication, as well as the reality of having to gather the mental strength to push through hardship.”

Carla Geneve’s “Dog Eared” is out now, while Learn To Like It will be released on April 23rd via Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records, with pre-orders available now.