I have long loved Karen Elson, first as a fashion model for her alabaster skin and then fell hook, line and sinker for her music. She stood out on the fashion circuit among the perma-tanned and finally made us feel that pale was oh so interesting and so much more. Often hadn selected for shoots with photographer extraordinaire Tim Walker her ethereal energy captured perfectly on the pages of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.
Ethereal energy is something that rings true of her music too. Her debut album in 2010, The Ghost Who Walks has a 1960's country meets 1990's Portishead. It's deep and melodic with just the right amount of Nashville coming through.
Fast forward to 2017 and the release of Double Roses. Since her debut Karen has raised two children and gone through a traumatic divorce with ex-husband Jack White. This album captures it all. It's poetic, dark and brooding, perfectly striking a balance between melody and melancholy. The beauty and sadness of a Pre-Raphaelite painting with the twang of Nashville sound.
Track on repeat? Call Your Name This track beautifully captures Karen's vulnerability but builds in strength with every word. A simple guitar as Karen's voice echoes "These stars they will shine on"