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On March 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, the singer of the undeniably catchy “Call Me Maybe,” will perform with Cardiknox at the Gothic Theater, transcending her previous one-hit-wonder label. Jepsen’s 2015 release of her latest album, Emotion, prompted her Gimmie Love tour, and she began performing all over the United States and Canada.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Emotion is inspired by early ‘80s pop records, focusing on emotion and sensitivity, with a glimmering, sparkly quality present throughout the album, a far cry from her previous pop tunes.
The inspiration for Emotion came from a Cindy Lauper concert Jepsen attended in Japan, drawing her attention to both the emotion and catchiness present in the songs. The basic ideas of ‘80s pop worked as a foundation for Jepsen to create the shift in sound in her music.
Emotion formed from a large bank of songs — Jepsen ended up trashing over 100 songs, choosing only the best for the album. It covers covers an array of topics, from regaining power, to being stuck in the friend zone, digging into Jepsen’s innermost workings.
With this product, Jepsen took on a new kind of approach.
“The one intention I had going into making this album was to take my time and create something I was really proud of – something that showed sides of me that I hadn’t ever revealed in my music before,” Jepsen said on her website.
In the end, Jepsen creates her music to share it with others, her stories connecting her to her fans all around the world.
Carly Rae Jepsen will be accompanied by Cardiknox, a Los Angeles-based dance-pop duo. With a full album coming out on March 11, Cardiknox is working to expose its pop sound to the world.
“On My Way,” one of the songs on Cardiknox’s upcoming album, has a catchy pop undertone paired with electronic components. “Into The Night,” another song that will be featured on Cardiknox’s album, has a very obvious dance music quality, with lyrics that will set even the most constricted soul free.
Lonnie Angle of Cardiknox became inspired to create music after delving into theater, because she “always knew she wanted to be a storyteller.”
Thomas Dutton, the other half of the music group, became inspired at a young age when experimenting with playing in a rock band.
Jepsen’s pop evolution and Cardiknox’s relatively new dive into the world of pop work well together to create an entertaining pop performance.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Cardiknox are set to perform at the Gothic Theater on Saturday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m.