Carly Rae Jepsen will forever be remembered for “Call Me Maybe” and the endless string of covers it inspired, as well as its less popular — but still Song of the Summer worthy — sibling, “I Really Like You,” but she’s hoping to change that with the forthcoming release of E•MO•TION on Aug. 21.
Jepsen enlisted a who’s who of respected songwriters and producers to work on the album, including Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend (“Warm Blood”), Peter Svensson of the Cardigans, and Greg Kurstin, as well as Ariel Rechstaid and Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange (“All That”). This resulted in a collection of mature, ’80s-inspired pop songs, showing growth from the bubblegum pop of the largely overlooked Kiss.
However, the Canadian singer also told Noisey that experimentation during these sessions produced “an entirely different ‘indie’ album”:
“I love all sorts of music, not just pop. I’ve played with all sorts of different genres and mixed and matched them together. I’ve made an entirely different ‘indie’ album that I don’t know what we’ll do with. But it was something I needed to get out of my system. And then it felt not right to release that either. It wasn’t what I wanted.”
According to Jepsen, this was the result of constant writing and rewriting while working on E•MO•TION, a luxury not afforded to her during the recording of Kiss:
“With Kiss I just had to make songs work and I had a bunch of ideas and voice memos, but there was just no way to do it all. Whereas with Emotion I’d kind of write and write and write, and if I didn’t feel something I could just let it go and move on to the other six versions that I had.”
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Jepsen doesn’t necessarily want the “indie” versions of her songs to see the light of day. Then again, maybe she’s just hedging her bets in case E•MO•TION bombs commercially.