Ariel Pink Details Working with Carly Rae Jepsen In New Interview


You co-wrote a song, “Trouble In The Streets,” for the band BC Unidos, a post-punk project of Patrick Berger, the producer behind Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen on vocals. First of all, how did that collaboration come about. Secondly, did you have any hand in writing the vocals?


That lyric and vocal, if my memory serves, was all Carly – I basically came to the sessions “blind”, at Patrick’s request- he played us a short loop/sample of a highlife recording and I quickly armed myself w/ an acoustic guitar, and went about writing chords around the loop. Patrick hopped on guitar and we bounced Ideas back and forth for a while. Little by little, we arrived at a chord structure that would constitute the verses, bridge, pre-chorus and chorus respectively, working out the transitions between them. Carly sat listening attentively the whole time, penning lyrics to the melody she had in her head- Patrick comped the loop and layered a simple 4/4 kick-snare-kick-snare drum groove over it for about five minutes- then we both took turns on acoustic guitar and I laid down a bassline and Op 1 flute on the bridge- then it was Carly’s turn to lay down vox – she cold nailed it! Voila – we had a song! -Ariel Pink

Watch: Carly Rae Jepsen’s Performance in San Antonio – 1/10/18

Witness: The Tour – Day 5 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center

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Witness: The Tour – Day 4 – North Little Rock, Arkansas @ Verizon Center

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Witness: The Tour – Day 1 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ Smoothie King Center

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Witness: The Tour – Day 3 – San Antonio, Texas @ AT&T Center

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Carly Rae Jepsen, whose “Call Me Maybe” was the best-selling worldwide single of 2012, opened with a similarly unfussy attitude. She might be a musical footnote to many fans. But Jepsen’s eight-song set was, quite simply, pop perfection.


Jepsen’s magic is marrying her sweet, soaring voice with songs that incorporate the best elements of current trends with those from the ’80s and ’90s. It’s a mix that’s put her light years ahead of bigger stars.


She was enchanting on every tune – “Run Away With Me,” Emotion,” “Gimme Love,” “Boy Problems,” “Cut to the Feeling” – and did it all without campy sharks or costume changes. – Joey Guerra

Witness: The Tour – Day 2 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center

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Cut to the Feeling: Year End Lists Round-Up (Part III)

#1 of 10
Carly Rae Jepsen once told us that she makes music so people can escape. And you know what? “Cut to the Feeling” does just that. It wastes no time cutting to the feeling-aka the chorus-and doesn’t let up until she’s taken us straight, “all the way” to emotion. Escape mode achieved. – HAYDEN MANDERS

Spin Magazine:

#4 of 101

Cult-pop diva Carly Rae Jepsen released only one new song under her own name in 2017 (not counting a Target promo), so “Cut to the Feeling” carried more than its fair share of our playlist load this year. (In June, Spin named it the best song of the year so far.) Fortunately, the exuberant single is up to the job: Three-and-a-half minutes of perfectly calibrated pop, “Feeling” lines up its shots and then knocks them down with the giddy electricity of a video-game speedrun. The backing keyboard still believes in old-school house; every time the beat quits, a mob of handclaps spark up in its place; Jepsen’s soaring pre-chorus vocal leap could make the “Run Away With Me” sax blush. Originally written for the 2015 album Emotion and released this year on the soundtrack for animated film Leap!, “Cut to the Feeling” is equal to anything on Jepsen’s standalone projects. — ANNA GACA

Esquire Magazine:

Carly Rae Jepsen is pop music in its purest form. Emotion was the album that Katy Perry and Lady Gaga wanted—and are still trying desperately—to make. It’s smart, precinct pop music that would sound like laboratory bubblegum if it wasn’t so plugged into emerging tastes. Jepsen’s latest track “Cut to the Feeling” is among the dozens of tracks reportedly cut from Emotion. Like virtually every song on that album, “Cut to the Feeling” is boundlessly fun. Just let loose to it—jump on your bed in your underwear, be your own ’80s rom-com montage, hang through the sunroof of a limo. Just let Jepsen—who must have been genetically engineered to be a pop star—transport you to a world without problems. – MATT MILLER

#11 of 50
In some corners of the internet, Carly Rae Jepsen is the biggest pop star in the world. While the Canadian songwriter became a household name with “Call Me Maybe,” an inescapable chart-topping anthem about the perils of phones, she became an obsession for many playlist-building bloggers with 2015’s Emotion, a record that doubled down on big ’80s production flourishes and big heartbreak. (A case can be made for why her previous album Kiss was better than Emotion, but, really, you don’t care.) A castoff from the Emotion sessions, “Cut to the Feeling” is just as intoxicating as her best work, rushing from chorus to chorus with the reckless energy of a trigger-happy fireworks display. For a song about skipping right to the good part, it’s the perfect approach. – DAN JACKSON

#4 of 20

Queen Carly reminds us exactly why we fell in love with her in the first place. Nobody does 80s revival pop like this.


Why So High? Can anyone resist smiling and jumping around when this comes on? Carly proves she tapped into something truly magical with her Emotion album, and she sounds right at home cheerleading her way through an anthem that sounds like I Wanna Dance With Somebody’s peppy younger sister.


Why Not Higher? It’s an extension/revisit of the Emotion era, rather than showcasing what and who Carly Rae Jepsen is and sounds like in 2017. – JESSICA PETTERSON

#6 of 40

At some point, doesn’t the well have to run dry? Won’t Carly Rae Jepsen eventually run out of sugar-coated ’80s pop homages to drive into our hearts and minds? As long as she keeps dropping singles as effervescent and joyful as Cut to the Feeling, let’s hope that day never comes. – JAY CRIDLIN

#3 of 41
Imagine having so many amazing songs collecting dust on your laptop that you can afford to scrap a song like this from not one, but TWO albums, then throw it away on some minor animated film, and then service it with a D-grade music video a few months after that. Any other act would hinge the success of their entire era on something as effortlessly euphoric as ‘Cut to the Feeling’. Katy Perry would have flogged a track like this through this year and the next, and then ridden off into the sunset with a cartful of plaques and awards to show for it. Carly Rae Jepsen’s talent is, to put it politely, absolutely sickening, and here’s hoping for more examples of it in the very near future.

People Magazine:

#4 of 30
Nobody in pop does songs about navigating sexual tension and making the first move better than Carly Rae — and this E•MO•TION-era gem, left off both her 2015 LP and its b-sides collection before finding a home in the movie Leap!, reaches the same giddy heights of “Call Me Maybe.” —N.F. (Best Songs of 2017 – Spotify Playlist)

Press Release: Carly Rae Jepsen To Perform Concert Aboard Carnival Splendor in February 2018


Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, who has sold more than 20 million singles worldwide, will perform a free concert aboard Carnival Splendor in February 2018, as part of the Carnival LIVE Concert Series. The concert marks the first time the cruise line is collaborating with Universal Music Group and Brands (UMGB), the brand strategy and partnership division of Universal Music Group.


While the concert is a departure from previous Carnival LIVE performances in that it is free and open to all guests sailing on Carnival Splendor’s Feb. 17, 2018, seven-day voyage, it continues the line’s mission of bringing the best in live entertainment to the seas and providing guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by top artists in a memorable setting.


The concert will take place on Carnival Splendor’s Lido Deck Feb. 18 while the ship is at sea during a week-long Mexican Riviera cruise that operates round-trip from Long Beach, Calif. The voyage features a day-long call at Puerto Vallarta and two days at Cabo San Lucas.




Jepsen joins an impressive lineup of Carnival LIVE artists who run the gamut of musical genres, from rock, country, R&B, and pop, as well as some of the biggest names in comedy.  Previous Carnival LIVE artists include music superstars Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood and comedians Jim Gaffigan and Chris Tucker.


“While I’ve performed all over the world and on Broadway, I’ve never performed on a cruise ship before and I’m really looking forward to a night with my fans in what promises to be a unique venue for an incredible night,” Jepsen said.


“We’re delighted to have Carly bring her signature brand of pop music to guests sailing aboard Carnival Splendor,” said Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival’s vice president of entertainment.  “A free open-air concert on Lido Deck is an exciting new twist for Carnival LIVE and we can’t wait for our guests to experience this one-of-a-kind entertainment concept in an entirely new setting,” she added.

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