Hi, my name’s Kar and I sing honest songs for fragile people.
Through unguarded lyrics and delicate Scottish vocals, my aim is to bring you hope and comfort amid the challenges and vulnerabilities of life. I play lots of instruments but my favourite is the acoustic guitar. I am happiest when sat in a quiet room, at a clear desk, writing lyrics.
I grew up in a musical household in Dundee, Scotland. I played in orchestras, brass bands and ensembles of seemingly-random combinations of instruments.
I was a member of critically-acclaimed indie miserablists The Scottish Enlightenment, playing bass and cornet. Highlights included supporting Idlewild; appearing in the Eyes video on MTV2 and VH1; and providing backing vocals for the celebrated St Thomas album.
My proudest moment is completing my album 'Protagonist'. The album features synth and electric guitar-driven alt-pop songs as well as acoustic songs with stark production.
I’m now settled in Manchester in the north of England, and in 2020 released singles ‘Freehand’, a song about writing, and 'The Wonders and the Terrors', a song about rolling news and social media.
“…what I’m saying is, have a listen to my friend Kar Stanton’s new album, Protagonist. It’s beautiful. Eyes closed, we shall overcome, step away from the keyboard, real life, labour of love, start to finish beautiful. If you like that sort of thing.” - Craig Rennie, Musician & Journalist
“Kar Stanton has a distinctive style, by turns haunting and soothing, memorable and challenging.” - Paul Canon Harris, Poet & Broadcaster
“A lovely minimal listen - at times vocally reminiscent of a young Suzanne Vega - New Year & In The Darkness are instant faves…” - Conrad Barr, Solid Air, Moonbeams, Chaplins & Cellar Bar
Photos - please attribute where possible:
Outdoor photos by Hannah Beatrice Creative
Live photos from videos by Billy B Photography
The Wonders and the Terrors artwork by Mollie Forsyth
Protagonist artwork by Monika Koclajda