New York-based pop powerhouse CAR ASTOR today releases her newest single, “buzzing bees” from her new album, you say you love me…but i don’t believe you, set for release on September 4, 2020 via Blue Élan Records. Listen HERE
In keeping with the album’s very personal feel, Car explains of this song, “I wrote about the summer that I fell in love with someone, and something that really stuck out to me from that period of time was nature and the outdoors, because we were spending most of our time at different parks around the city. More than anything, I was trying to capture the contrast of how excited and happy I was to be near this person, but knowing in my gut that the more time that we spent together, the messier our situation became.”
A video for first single, “Everything Stays Unspoken,” was shot by musical artist and fellow collaborator, Morgan Saint. The grainy black and white video showcases the softer and much more personal side of Car on her new ‘mostly’ acoustic album. Premiered on American Songwriter, the magazine said of the video “Shot in her apartment in the thick of Manhattan’s strict ‘shelter-at-home’ mandate that restricted unnecessary public travel, she and director Morgan Saint relied on home-made production values, McGyver-ing the clever and no-cost camera trickery.”
The album, as a whole, is also quite a lane change for the self-taught multi-instrumentalist from Long Island. After stepping out from behind the drums (where she started at 13) Car began writing songs and singing the leads. Having gone viral in 2016 under the moniker SEE when her music video for “Potions” went viral (currently over 7 million views), Car released her debut EP Ties – produced by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Veruca Salt) quickly establishing her uniquely lush blend of raw feelings, pop, and everything real. Fast forward to 2019, changing from SEE to Car Astor, she found herself ready to make a major change as her artistic career developed and she became the consummate singer-songwriter. Enter you say you love me…but i don’t believe you.
Whether her more electronically charged music, or this new vulnerable and personal side, Car‘s lyrics have always touched on real, raw feelings, nerves, and emotions. This album, though, tends to be much more personal than in the past, “I was deeply caught up and consumed by the emotional relationship I was experiencing with my best friend, so much so, that for the first time in a while, I began writing without any sort of purpose,” she confesses. “I started connecting with music more than I ever had, and every day I found myself getting more brave and open.”
Car Astor is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and has performed at various Pride festivals across the country.