Under My Skin was my first musical album, released in 2009 after I returned from Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan. I had started performing as a singer-songwriter in Portland, Maine in 2006 while studying documentary radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and I had lots of time to practice guitar and work on some of my songs in the following couple of years thanks to the slower pace of life abroad. This is the album I am most proud of, and it got some pretty nice reviews:
“Carla Seidl is traveling back to a modern tradition that has been much neglected of late, that of reveling in the female voice…the CD is a feast of her sumptuous talent….”Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“Seidl’s songs reflect the transient spirit of a well-traveled soul, using familiar canvases such as folk and Americana to paint her eclectic tales, showcasing not only a refreshing global consciousness but also a unique and soulful style of storytelling.”J. Turner, Indie-Music.com
“Carla Seidl has this wonderfully distinctive voice made up of honey, amber and wood timbres, almost achieving a dual tone in her sound that is warm and memorable.Wildy’s World
Probably my favorite song on the album is my cover of the Italian love song “Quante Stelle nel Cielo con la Luna” by Lucilla Galeazzi (listen to the entire track on YouTube here). I often find that singing in other languages makes me feel more at ease and better able to express myself, perhaps because I don’t feel as self-conscious about listeners understanding the words! Thanks to my many credits of Italian language study at Harvard, I wrote a translation of “Quante Stelle” that can be found here. (The Turkish “Gül Senin Tenin” is another of my favorites on the album; you can find that one on YouTube here.)
A sweet article came out in a local Long Island paper when this album was released:
Songs from Under My Skin are available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music, and you can download the whole album or order a physical copy at CDBaby here. I made a couple of videos to songs on the album as well:
Learn about my second album, Who Are My People?, here.