Let Love be Love - EP

Let Love be Love - EP

Listening to Carter Faith’s debut EP, one gets the sense that the emerging country singer-songwriter is wise beyond her two decades and change. The Nashville-based, North Carolina-bred artist writes about the trappings of youth (see: the catchy, anti-drama anthem “Buzzkilla”), but she does so with more thoughtfulness than many of her peers—with clever, personal lyrics reminiscent of early Kacey Musgraves and contemporaries like Kalie Shorr. “I really want people to sit down with my EP and almost transport into a better world,” she tells Apple Music. “A world where life is more simple, more beautiful, more unapologetic. I would hope all music does that, but I just want people to feel like my music can be an escape to that world of peace and joy and beauty.” Below, Faith walks Apple Music through Let Love Be Love. “Joyride” “I wrote ‘Joyride’ with my two favorite people, Jen Stegall and Margaret Valentine. I just loved how it, in my mind, encapsulated a free highway—you’re driving and your hair’s in the wind. Then we took it and made it a really fun summer jam, which I was really proud of, just because that is the best type of song for me right now. And then, something really fun is that my parents got to come down and sing gang vocals on the bridge. They came to watch us track the record and then we got to all sing on it.” “Buzzkilla” “I’m 21, so I have dealt with friendship drama, relationship drama—just life, as I’m sure everyone else has. I’ve learned in life it’s so much better to move on and put the blinders on and just live your own life rather than being bitter about someone or trying to get justice or revenge. I think a lot of people do that when they’re young, and I just wanted to write a little jam about not judging people and just letting people be and letting yourself be, too.” “Cowboys & Dreamers” “The title actually came from a Yellowstone episode. I love that show. I started thinking about me and my boyfriend—I’m just like a free-spirited, bird-unicorn thing who does music and he’s so stable. It’s like a kite and a string—you need both parts to make it work.” “Lasso” “I guess I was in a Western, Yellowstone mood; I wrote ‘Cowboys & Dreamers’ and ‘Lasso’ pretty close together. Like ‘Joyride,’ I heard the word ‘lasso’ and I was like, ‘Dang, that would be such a cool song title.’ The production turns so moody and Western and cool, but it felt that way from day one. Like I say, ‘Yippee-ki-yo,’ or something, and I've never heard that in a song. It's not crazy deep, but I just loved the vibe, so I had to put it on there.” “I Just Wanna Dance” “That is the last song we wrote. I wrote it with my producer, Ben West, and then Margaret Valentine on Zoom. I think we started with the melody, which is kind of rare, but we just wanted to write a song that was like, ‘I just want to dance, OK? It’s not that deep. I don’t want to go home with you. I don’t want to know your name. I just want to dance.’ I think it kind of has a John Mayer guitar vibe, but we added some banjo.” “Pipe Dream” “I wrote this song with Sean McConnell and Ashley Ray, both of whom are insanely talented people. I think it can be taken as a metaphor or it can be taken literally; it’s a story and it’s real life. To me, it’s just the dreamy, country, almost Lana Del Rey vibe that I really hoped it would be.”

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