Saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael is releasing her debut album, The River Doesn’t Like Strangers, on October 22nd, as the debut signing to Shabaka Hutchings’ (The Comet Is Coming, Sons of Kemet, Shabaka and the Ancestors) new label Native Rebel Recordings. With this forthcoming and the recent dropping of track, There Is You and You, The Fountain caught up with Chelsea to discuss the music and plans for the rest of the year.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to There Is You and You

The reception has been really positive so far – both me and the label have been hearing really good things. It’s been getting radio play, being added to playlists, and reaching internationally – it’s so exciting. 

And can you sum up the track in one sentence? 

Depends on what you want me to sum up! If it’s the meaning of the track, I would say: the name of this track is a reference to the idea that we each experience the world from the perspective of ourselves at the centre first before anyone/anything else – how you choose to move/interact with the world from that starting point is up to you.

If its about the track musically, I would say: David Okumu. What else is there to say? 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, I note an album?

Yes my debut album, The River Doesn’t Like Strangers, will be released on Oct 22nd. Playing wise, I’m just enjoying being back on the scene again after such a forced hiatus – playing with people that I love dearly, looking forward to various tours booked with said people, and making plans for myself. I’ve reached a point where the next phase of my career is calling me and I’m ready for it.

TF: When can we next expect a live show from you now that venues and gigs are kicking off again?

Hopefully before Christmas – we want to get a show in to accompany the release of the record, and I really hope we can do that – c-word dependent of course. Keep an eye on my socials, my website, and sign up to Native Rebel Records mailing list to be the first to find out about when and where.