After a packed year of festivals, 22 year-old Gold Coast artist Erin Foster, known as Karamilk, returns with her new single, "Swimming Pool", a welcomed uplifting gesture of hope that is "like hoping to hold hands on a first date."
The sparkly pop tune features Sydney's Sam Parker, marking Karamilk's first duet and is proudly her own production and musicianship, serving up the first taste of what Erin explains as the "real Karamilk." With many successes under her belt so far, including plays on Australians triple j's Home and Hosed and Unearthed, it's hard to believe that Karamilk has been releasing music for less than a year.
Drawing influences from the likes of Dido, Erin explains that she loves the simplicity of music as a foundation, taking away the competitive nature of releasing and focusing solely on the art itself. It's hard to believe that this floaty pop song was a song that Erin struggled with for years before deciding to release it.
"To be honest, this is a tortured track. I've had a love/hate relationship with this song for years. I originally built a demo called "Close Enough" back in 2015 and struggled through more than five different versions with various different producers. Recently the track was picked up by a major label and I found myself back in the studio in Brisbane recording yet another version. I came away realising that I was not being true to myself or true to my sounds. Against the advice of so called industry experts, I re-wrote the entire track in a single session at home. A change of key. New instrumentation. A new title. 100% my production and musicianship," tells Erin.
Under an artist exchange and sticking to a zero budget ethos, Karamilk worked with PuffyPuffPuff, collaborating with The Monster Project in London, UK for the artwork of "Swimming Pool" showing true support for creatives alike in times where we need to band together more than ever before.
With another single and an EP in the works for this year, you can expect to hear a lot more of Karamilk in 2020.