Carmen Caserta | The Hive

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The Hive

by Carmen Caserta

A courageous emotional disrobing revealed through hauntingly beautiful piano, poignant musical arrangements, a distinctively rich and soulful voice, and intensely honest lyrics both deeply personal and universally relatable.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Big Lie
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2. Years
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3. Sacrifice
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4. Healing the Hive
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5. Beautiful View
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6. If I
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7. Sweet Stinging
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8. Witness
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9. What's Haunting Me
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10. The Garden
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Carmen began chronicling her life on paper as soon as she learned to write; it became a necessity, the mechanism by which she connects with herself. But writing was not the only expressive medium in Carmen’s young life. Carmen began singing in her school chorus and church choir at the age of six and quickly discovered her affinity for music. Growing up immersed in the angst-ridden grunge/alt rock of the 90s, her earliest musical influences included Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, and Tori Amos. At thirteen, after discovering her mother’s vinyl collection and listening endlessly to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Carmen’s musical experience expanded into the classic rock realm of the 60s and 70s, where she met Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin. Music reached Carmen’s soul the way no other force ever had. But it wasn’t until she was eighteen that the words she’d been writing began to channel themselves in song.

At nineteen, Carmen packed her passion for music and an upright piano on loan from her cousin and moved from her native Los Angeles to San Diego, determined to find the songs inside her. The piano became her best friend. She spent most of her time in her solitary one-bedroom cottage teaching herself to play, and the songs swiftly came. But fear and self-doubt kept Carmen secluded with her songs for nine years. During those years of singing in secret, Carmen focused on intellectual expansion. She earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and in the fall of 2008, her social justice convictions and aptitude for analytical thinking led her to law school.

But in June 2009, Carmen hit a profound emotional bottom. She hadn’t played a piano or written a song in over a year, and she was dying inside. She knew she’d never be fully alive without committing herself to the songs inside her. From the top shelf of her closet, Carmen took down her shoebox of dusty old cassette tapes filled with songs pleading to be set free. Carmen nurtured the songs to life, and in August 2010, as she continued her legal education, she recorded a humble 4-song demo EP called “Years.” She started playing open mics and small gigs around San Diego as she continued trudging her way through her last year of law school. Carmen graduated with Honors in May 2011, two months before recording her debut full-length album.

Writing her life down on paper, turning it into music, and sharing it with you are vital to Carmen’s life. Her emotional healing and spiritual fulfillment require it. Co-produced with renowned singer/songwriter/producer Astra Kelly, Carmen’s entirely self-written debut album “The Hive” is a courageous emotional disrobing revealed through intensely honest lyrics both deeply personal and universally relatable. Carmen delivers each carefully crafted song with a distinct and colorfully versatile voice, full-force and powerful at times and intimate, breathy, and vulnerable at others. Though completely self-taught on piano, Carmen’s intuitive musical compositions are nothing short of hauntingly beautiful. Carmen describes herself as a girl singing her songs hoping to touch people’s hearts while she tries to get free.


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R Cheu

Wonderful
Really enjoyed this new artist, very fresh positive music. Beautiful voice. Listen to Big Lie totally invigorating!

David Lovett

The hive
Having followed carmen's journey from before the first EP to a completed first album I am thrilled to review 'The Hive. This album goes from raw passion to whispered tenderness and everywhere inbetween. Allways honest, but always with common human themes that we have all known and been through, I recommend Carmen to anyone who likes Tori Amos or Kate Bush or similar artists. Rulebreaking, dynamic and disarmingly heart-on -the-sleeve lyrics show the promise of more to come on the shared journey of her life - just buy it :)

Kyle

Amazing
This music is a gift. The Hive is a display of Carmen’s lyrical skills and innate ability to create intriguing piano riffs. To go from that to the powerful rhythms of a full band balanced with the moving harmony of piano and strings is a musical journey. Carmen’s songs resonate with the pure emotion of the human experience we all share. Her voice sways across a powerful pendulum of sound, from absolute strength to soft sweetness. The music of The Hive is a triumph of her experience and an absolute voyage for the listener. The passion of her work is both heavy on the heart and uplifting for the soul. Anyone that looks to music for a release, for relevancy or for pure enjoyment will be fulfilled with The Hive. I am a grateful listener and look forward to seeing her play these songs live as often as possible. If you don’t already have this album you need to buy it right now!