Today’s Track of the Day comes from Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Chiara Berardelli and her latest single ‘Deep Space Hibernation’. The evocative piano-driven ballad was inspired by the two-year hibernation process of the Rosetta probe on its Space mission, which is used here as a metaphor for Chiara’s personal emotional struggle. The track is taken from the artist’s upcoming album ‘Seamonster’, which follows her 2014 EP ‘My Big Mouth‘, and explores the heartache of not having children.
We caught up with Chiara to talk about her new single and upcoming album.
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When did you start playing music?
I was six when I started playing the piano and nine when I first learnt a few guitar chords.
What made you want to fully pursue your passion?
I was ill last year and in a fevered moment I saw everything with complete clarity, I had to leave my job and concentrate on music. I stuck to it even when I got better!
Can you explain what your new album is about?
Yes, the album is inspired by my experience of wanting to becoming a mother but it not working out for me. The songs depict the journey from the realization, through the sense of loss to a place of hope for the future.
Why is it titled Seamonster? Is there any significance there?
Desiring but not having children is a difficult subject to talk about and I had, without knowing, buried my feelings around it. When I met someone in my 40s who had children already, the gut-wrenching realization of my loss seemed to come up from the depths to engulf me. I imagined it like a seamonster.
How does ‘Deep Space Hibernation’ fit into the whole album?
I heard a news story about the Rosetta probe being woken in Space to continue the mission after being ‘asleep’ for 2 years. When I was at my lowest ebb, I somehow knew in time I would be ok but sleeping through the grieving process to get to that point seemed very attractive. The term ‘deep space hibernation’ really struck me and inspired the song.
How does the record differ from your previous releases?
Writing around a theme creates a cohesion around the songs that I’ve never had before. I see the album more as a whole than individual tracks.
What did you gain from making this album?
Lots of boxes full of CDs! No, seriously, I’m very proud of it and glad to give voice to a subject that until a few years ago I was ashamed to talk about.