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  • Jodie Marie

Carageen: Celebratory Track by Track (Day Three)

Celebratory track by track of songs from The Answer: Carageen

Carageen is a song that is very dear to me on this record. I wrote it with Ed Harcourt a few years back when his studio was in London - a magic space filled with all sorts of instruments to inspire creativity. I went into this writing session with Ed not knowing what to write about - we’d chat for a while, have a catch up over coffee, then probably go to the pub for a few drinks and come back to start writing.

After releasing my second album, Trouble in Mind, I took a bit of a break from the music industry. If I’m honest, I felt a bit lost - no longer having musical representation, I didn’t have a clue what to do next and didn’t really have much faith in myself anymore in music. So much so, I went to study Reflexology and Aromatherapy just to give my creative mind a break…little did I know that all I really needed and wanted to do was write, record & perform music.

Carageen is actually abbreviated from the word Carageenan which is a type of seaweed that grows on the coast. When Ed & I were writing this song, we needed a word like seaweed to complete the lyrics and we came across Carageenan, it suddenly seemed to make sense (unlike the not-so-romantic word ‘seaweed’). I chose to write about the coastline because that’s the place I go to to clear my head & blow the cobwebs away - the sea makes my problems suddenly feel quite insignificant.

I later invited Ed to StudiOwz recording studio to produce and play on a few tracks for the album. We were so pleased with the Carageen demo that we did worry a little about demoitis...but thankfully we needn’t have. With Owain Fleetwood Jenkins engineering, myself singing vocals/backing vocals, Jimmy Brewer on acoustic/electric/baritone guitar, Tom Sinnett on bass, Jack Beddis on drums/percussion, and finally Ed producing/singing backing vocals/playing piano/hammond organ/dulcitone, I feel we created a song that speaks to the heart of the listener. I feel so proud of this song and the journey it took to get to where it is now.

I’m washed up, I’m a failure”…I guess you can never be a failure if you dust yourself off, get back up again and keep damn well trying! I’m so proud of this new album, The Answer, where Carageen paved the way to use my music as a way of acknowledging how I felt, voice it and let it go.

I hope this post inspires you to keep persisting with what you love - even when times seem relentlessly tough. “The ocean’s waiting for your call…

Listen to the Carageen HERE!

You can buy a physical copy of the record on Vinyl/CD here:

Or on all digital platforms here: - Bandcamp:

Carmel Records - a Caru Music Ltd Company


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