Joshua Carter will release his debut single “Under My Skin” on July 9. The song was written by Carter over the span of two weeks mid-pandemic when things felt pretty hopeless.
“I wanted to write something that resonated with what I expect a lot of people were feeling at the time but also have a happy resolve,” explains Carter, who is the lead vocalist in the PEI bands Coyote and Calm Baretta. This is his first solo release.
Carter describes the music as introspective and quiet but with a big cinematic feel, maintaining a clear narrative arc reminiscent of early Sufjan Stevens, Midlake or Elliot Smith.
The single features Carter (vocals, guitar) with Evan McCosham (bass), Justyn Young (classical, electric guitar), Laura Oakie (piano, synth) and Jeff Jones (viola). It was produced by Carter and Colin Buchanon, who also engineered and mixed the song at Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown. It was mastered by Kristian Montano, with graphic design by Marsha Gallant and Aidan Searle, single artwork by Searle, and photography by Vinod Ramachandra.
“Under My Skin” will be available on all digital platforms on July 9.