“A one-off: there is no-one like Camille in popular music today” – Daily Telegraph
“She’s a superbly versatile rock ‘n’ roll singer and a compelling performer who has the ability to divine the heart of the songs she sings better than almost anyone I’ve seen on stage” – The Arts Desk
Camille O’Sullivan’s new album ‘Changeling’ was released on Monday. Up until now, Camille has released live albums but this is her first proper studio album and features interpretations of some well-known and some not so well known songs, by the likes of Radiohead, Nick Cave and Arcade Fire, as well as 3 original songs, one penned especially for Camille by Gary Lightbody.
Released on her own label Little Cat, the album was recorded over a two-year period, firstly in Exchequer Studio, Dublin (with Brian Crosby, ex Bell X1, playing and engineering) and secondly in Sun Studio and Bunker Studio, Australia. Camille produced the album along with long term collaborator and MD Feargal Murray and band member Eanna Hickey. It was mixed and mastered in Miloco Studios, London by Bryan Wilson (Florence and the Machine, Arcade Fire) and Mandy Parnell (Faithless, Bjork, Goldfrapp).
As a singer and performer, Camille has always been drawn to narrative songs, the love of the song and story-telling. Talking about the choice of songs on the album Camille says: “Not being a singer-songwriter, but a performer, you have to love the song and make it your own – not to cover it but – but to interpret it. Like when I’m on stage, inhabit it! I pick songs for a live show to be chameleon on stage, showing/exploring different aspects of myself and the songs – fragility, toughness, sadness, fun and anger. The show is very varied, and can go to a very dark place but also I just have fun and enjoy the music. Most songs are chosen due to an obsession with the song and being moved by the original – finding a way that I can make it my own – like actress with a monologue.”
Camille has a four date residency at London’s Southbank Centre which begins on the 28th August, find out more and stream her entire new album here.