South African singer-songwriter, Arno Carstens released his two new singles, “Midnight Screams” and “Erupt” on Friday 27 March. Fans can find both singles on their favourite digital platform now or go HERE
Releasing brand new music on the first day of a 21-day national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arno reaches out to his fans with the following message:
“As we find ourselves in a state of surreal melancholy, we need to remember the positive and focus on the small victories which might uplift us in our time of need.
Although these songs were written long before the outbreak of CoVid-19, I still hope that they will find you in the best of spirits. I am hopeful that in a small way my music offerings can bring some kind of relief and escape from these uncharted circumstances that we find ourselves in.”
Arno streamed a special live concert on Saturday 21 March via YouTube and the response from fans and the industry was overwhelming. Those who missed it, can still support local and grab a ticket on Webtickets here
Arno will also be streaming to fans from his Facebook page periodically, to provide entertainment while we’re all stuck at home.
You can follow Arno’s page here for updates on when to tune in
“Midnight Screams” and “Erupt” are two singles that will form part of a 10-part collage of music that Arno will continue to release over the course of 2020.
The previous releases of 2019, which include the tracks Lift my Spirit, Empire of the Night (a finalist in the globally acclaimed 2019 International Songwriting Competition, out of the USA), Don’t Let it Be and Out of the Blue, will be included in this eclectic collage of music.
Although not a studio album in the traditional sense, Arno’s intention is to present a complete body of work before the end of the year, with the understanding that sometimes “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. The bigger picture connects Arno’s love of energized alt pop production on one side of the spectrum, with his ability to craft anthemic acoustic driven ballads on the other.
“Midnight Screams” and “Erupt” showcase Arno at his acoustic best.
“The title track, ‘Midnight Screams’, is an uplifting ode to lovers, that speaks of how just one night of pleasure, can change the trajectory of a person’s life forever.”
Midnight screams of delight
My obsession with the party is in full swing
You see I think the world’s oraait
My obsession with you angel is overflowing
The 2nd single, “Erupt”, is as unexpected as you can get from Arno.
“I like the raw sound of demos and have always thought we lose some of the magic when songs are over produced. With ‘Erupt’, I think we’ve managed to capture a raw moment in time, without all the wizardry that overcomplicates things. I think I’ve discovered a new voice in a way.”
Are you ready to erupt
Because I am your flavour
Cause I’ve been channelling a good vibe
Ready to erupt
I hear you, I hear you, oh lord
Who’s that bag of bones shaking in the wind
Sweet island breeze from the chaos of Hades
We escape the scene on a moonlit kiss dream
And shoulder to shoulder we discover
Are you ready to erupt
“Midnight Screams (as an eventual complete body of work) will touch on the nature of God’s unpredictability, the heartbreak, the loss, the conquering spirt, and the terrifying confrontational moments of realization that force change.
My musical journey and specifically what I am presenting here, is as always, personal; but I’m stretching it even further than ever before. I’m embracing the new and the unexplored.”
The singles are both available for streaming and download everywhere.
The artwork for Midnight Screams was created as an original collage by Arno Carstens for Arno Carstens Fine Art. This album artwork will be reproduced as a limited edition giclee print on archival paper.
Twenty prints will be made available, and each will be hand signed by Arno. Should you wish to purchase a print please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The music videos were directed by Lionel Smit (https://www.lionelsmit.co.za) a South African artist who pursues his craft in all manner of media with areas dedicated to sculpture, painting and printmaking.
The music videos premiered on YouTube the 26th of March and can be viewed below
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