Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Rosie Carney ‘Bones' Review

Rosie Carney’s newly released rendition of Radiohead’s ‘Bones’ is a haunting lullaby reminiscent of precarious lockdown times. This is the first single from the Irish singers entire re-recording of the 1995 album ‘The Bends’, set to drop in December. 

Carney, like many others, reflects on the effects that the pandemic has had on her mental health, something that forced her to uproot from London and travel back to her parent’s house in Ireland to seek out recovery:

“I recorded “Bones” the day before I flew home to spend the rest of lockdown with my family in Ireland. I listened to it nonstop as I travelled from my flat in London into the middle of nowhere. Every single line resonated with me on such a deep level, and after this one, I became far more confident in how I wanted the songs to sound if they were mine.”


The singer’s celestial vocals overlay a spectral array of violin, viola, cello, drums, horns, woodwinds that transform the already sentimental tune into something strikingly beautiful. A feeling of uncanny nostalgia is created through the combination of Carney’s ethereal voice and the melancholy lyrics that echo the ailments of growing old, something that has become more confronting for most people during this time.


Carney’s choice to cover this song and album also stems from a teenage love for Radiohead, where she describes suffering an anxiety attack at one of their gigs. 

Now aged 23, Rosie has created a cyclical ode to testing times. Her reimagination of ‘Bones’ is as an introspection of the past and the present as much as it is a quiet look to the uncertain future.

- Daisy Howarth


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