We started following and featuring Karmin on Next2Shine back in 2011 after their YouTube upload of "Look at Me Now". Amy Heidemann's incredible agility and enunciation on those rap segments and her flawless transitions into the sung verses in harmony with Nick Noonan are what hooked us, and what led to the success of their first original album, "Hello", in 2012. In their original music, the duo kept the bounce-worthy, head-bopping combination of rap and pop vibes that attracted them the most attention in their covers. In their 2014 sophomore album, Pulses, they leaned more towards straight singing (although "Acapella" features a pretty choice rap verse about Olive Garden).
Flash-forward to 2016 and Karmin is about to release their third original album! On July 11th, they shared a full preview:
"Leo Rising" is set to drop on September 9th and from the spinning Zodiac chart in the video, we can surmise that each of the 12 tracks are tied to its own astrological sign. Based on these 10 second segments, none of them sound very rap-central, but feature, in typical Karmin-fashion, a number of diverse styles and influences.
Over the past year, Karmin has released four full music videos and one teaser. Here's what they've given us thus far:
Taurus - "Sugar"
Check out that range Amy shows off in the final minute!
Gemini: "Didn't Know You"
There seems to be quite the theme of adventurous narrative in this album.
Leo - "Come With Me (Pure Imagination)"
A reimagining of an already pretty imaginative song.
Libra: "Along the Road"
A beautifully nostalgic ballad.
Scorpio: "Can't Live (Teaser)"
We eagerly await the full-length versions of the Aries, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces tracks!