Review: "Murder" - Youcallmecarla
“Murder” is youcallmecarla’s latest release, a hauntingly beautiful piece about the gut wrenching pain of loss, especially when it’s intentional, with a motive. It feels like you’ve been murdered, purposefully having your life torn apart, a victim of pure violence. The extreme metaphor is Carla’a approach to displaying the extreme feelings of the moment without excessive expressions throughout the song, that one statement- that it feels like murder, is enough to show just how much it hurts. The imagery she uses, a bleeding heart, screaming of defeat, she doesn’t even need to describe the actual feelings of the situation because this storytelling is enough to understand. This is the beauty of Carla’s skill, and it is at its peak in “Murder”.
The song begins with what sounds similar to a gunshot among a static background, followed quickly by the noise of distant sirens, setting the scene for what created the piece, the murder itself. She goes on to really delve into this imagery, describing the night, the sounds, the lighting, all over a slowly strumming guitar that seems to mourn her. Not only is her writing brilliant, but her voice perfectly acts it out, sounding defeated and alone. More of her instrumentals tune in as she goes on, slowly building up the pace with a low, nearly disturbing hum. But when it seems they’re about to peak, she returns to that familiar guitar and an echo of this consistent sound, finding not anger but hurt.
Youcallmecarla is the artist name for Carla Freude, she’s only twenty three years old, being fairly new to the music industry but not nearly new to music itself. She was born in South Germany, where at the age of just fifteen she began singing and writing original songs. From 2019 to 2020, Carla began officially releasing these under her given name, but it was in 2022 that her now known alias was introduced. She released her first piece as “youcallmecarla” that March, titled “House in the Suburbs”. Now, it’s one of her most popular pieces holding over 60,000 streams on Spotify to date. Her themes of gloomy romance introduced here continue in “Murder”, stream it today and follow “youcallmecarla” below for more.
Written By Hailey Schap