Carly Rae Jepsen knows what it feels like to be alone and uses it for the new album | CBC News

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Carly Rae Jepsen knows what it feels like to be alone.

His latest album released on Friday, loneliest time, was written during the early days of the pandemic, when some days felt uncertain. But isolation wasn’t the only inspiration for her sixth album.

“Loneliness itself has been a topic that I’ve been curious to get into and explore for my entire life,” the 36-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter said in an interview with CBC. what with my power

With Jepsen’s life on the road, singing in front of hundreds of people, it can be hard to think there will be any lonely moments. But this new album challenges this notion.

“All human beings struggle with loneliness in their life. I wanted to have an album that addressed what different reactions to loneliness look like.”

The pandemic also forced him to change his creative process. Like many musicians in the industry, he was no longer touring or working on his album with others face-to-face.

Musician Carly Rae Jepsen talks to Q’s Tom Power about making new music during the pandemic. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

“I was really excited to create, but the way I created changed because we weren’t doing these weeks of writing in person with different people, or traveling to the same extent, so my life was really fast, like everyone else had. have to adjust,” Jepsen said.

Downtime in a pandemic

The singer, who was born and raised in Mission, BC, was stuck at home in Los Angeles and, like many others, picked up some self-proclaimed “weird hobbies.” how to make ugly scarves But she also found herself on dating apps, something she swore she would never do.

“I talked to other friends who had been on these apps, as if everyone had a horror story. Some people were successful, but for sure there was an idea for a song,” he explained.

she wrote the song Beach house based on your experience in such applications.

CLOCK | Beach house

“They can be wonderful and sometimes the easiest way to meet people who might not be in your community. But I think the people who are out there to play with you and play with your feelings, those people need to be called. For that It’s that song.”

playing with genres

On his new album, Jepsen noted that he had no interest in staying on the narrow path of pop.

“What excites me about pop is its endless possibilities. You can play with genres,” he said. “I wanted this album to feel like it had variety because I have variety in myself. Especially with the years on my side, I’m like, ‘Let’s just play now. Let’s just play,’ and I want every album to feel freer to do that.” “.

And time has been on her side, 11 years ago the singer released her hit song Call me Maybe. The song ranked at number 47 on Billboard’s All-Time Greatest Songs list and was an inescapable fun worm for months.

CLOCK | Call me Maybe

It was the first No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart in 2012, making Jepsen the first Canadian woman to top the chart since Avril Lavigne in 2007.

After the success of Call me Maybe in 2012, Jepsen says he was given four months to create a follow-up album. While she was excited and grateful to do so, Jepsen has since learned that it is not her ideal process for creating a record.

“I’m so proud of that album,” she said of her second album, Kiss. “But that’s not how I like to make an album. I explore in a few different directions, go back and feel solid about it.”

Jepsen described his work ethic at the time as rushed. He didn’t turn down any opportunity and he didn’t say “no” to anything. “I felt like lightning had struck me,” he said about Call me Maybethe success of

“That experience versus the luxury that I have now, taking my time with an album, really enjoying the process and spending time on why each song is there. And also taking the focus off of a song and the beauty and artistry of an album “.

Carly Rae Jepsen performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas on October 7. (Jack Plunkett/Invision/The Associated Press)

While preparing for the launch of loneliest timeJepsen recounted the epiphany he had during quarantine.

“As I go through my career, as the pace picks up again, one of the lessons I’ve learned is that it’s good to know when to turn off the button to do the program, even if you know you’re feeling a little out of it. place”. , to make time every day to come back to yourself”.

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