Olivia Dean speaks of family in her latest album preview, ‘Carmen’

It is taken from her forthcoming debut album 'Messy' which is slated for release on 30th June.
Photo credit: Sarah Louise Bennett

Olivia Dean has shared her new single, ‘Carmen’.

It is taken from her forthcoming debut album ‘Messy’ which is slated for release on 30th June via EMI Records. It follows on from recent tracks ‘Dive’, ‘Danger’ and ‘UFO’.

‘Carmen’ is the album’s closing track – a love letter to her grandmother, who moved to the UK as part of the Windrush generation from her home country of Guyana.

She explains, “Carmen is a love letter to my granny and an ode to the wind rush generation. I wanted to write a song of celebration that encapsulated the beautiful cross-culture that was created by the Caribbean community in the UK. Steel pan is such a powerful and emotional instrument for me so having that feature throughout the song makes it that extra special. I am a product of her bravery and I want her to be remembered forever!”.

You can check out ‘Carmen’ here:

You can read more about Olivia Dean in the May issue of Dork here.

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