Singer-Songwriter Carolyn Fahrner, known by her artistic moniker Junebug, is preparing for an eventful 2023. As the Indie-Folk-Rock artist gears up to unveil fresh music early in the year, anticipation is running high. Fahrner’s debut EP, ‘Turncoat,’ saw the light of day in June 2021, and her upcoming release is a genuine labor of love.
Junebug’s music is characterized by its boldness, honesty, and occasional vulnerability. Her melodies strike a conversational and laid-back tone, yet they delve deeply into introspective themes, and “Therapy” fully embodies this vision.
At the tender age of twelve, she was gifted a guitar and embarked on her songwriting journey. Soon, she was performing in her hometown of Cambridge, MA. Weaving together philosophical musings and confessional lyrics, Junebug continued her musical odyssey through college, where she fronted the indie rock band 2% Milk.
Growing up in a family steeped in the music of the 60s and 70s, Carolyn’s mother is a songwriter and pianist, while her father is a composer and conductor. Her formative years were filled with singing, dancing, and playing the cello, and at the age of twelve, she took up the guitar with the intent of crafting songs. It wasn’t long before songwriting and playing the guitar became a form of therapy for her as she navigated middle school, high school, and college.
Most of Carolyn’s lyrics spring from her personal experiences and introspective thoughts. She firmly believes that philosophy is one of the primary wellsprings of inspiration in her songwriting. At Skidmore College, she double-majored in Philosophy and Psychology, and this deep introspection permeates her songwriting. The intersection of philosophy and songwriting is a rich vein that Carolyn elegantly explores.
Regarding her upcoming EP as Junebug, Carolyn shares that it’s somewhat confessional and a means of reclaiming many of the negative aspects of her life. She states, “It’s easy to pathologize yourself, and it’s even harder to own your messed-up qualities. And this is me, in a way, embracing both the positive and messed-up parts of myself.”
In terms of guitar work on the release, Carolyn draws inspiration from the open tunings employed by artists like Laura Marling and Nick Drake, with elements reminiscent of Andy Shauf and Alice Phoebe Lou.
After the release of ‘Turncoat’ in 2021, Carolyn began performing in New York City at venues like The Mercury Lounge, Pete’s Candy Store, and Rubulad. Her next EP, set to arrive in the summer of 2023, delves deeper into her vulnerability, irony, and the therapeutic necessity of creating art.