10380984_881845128565303_4151012985608684439_nThis self-titled debut album from Minneapolis’ Carroll has some fine textures that remind me immediately of  such ’80s indie giants as the Comsat Angels, the Chameleons, the Sound and a little bit of Echo and the Bunnymen.  Quasi-psychedelic, but too restrained to be weird, per se, and (yet) incredibly lush.

Opening with “Alligator,” you can hear the aforementioned in one swirling go; the guitars and sound give it that wonderful vintage sound that I know so well. “Bad Water” is a radio-ready/friendly cut with some very nice harmonies sprinkled throughout, and “Green Acres” has a wonderful dissonance in the opening that leads to something that I would have listened to on New York’s WLIR around late ’81/early ’82.  “Know Your Apples” is something sparkling that Mark Burgess would be proud of; “Daylight” bubbles along at the beginning and goes into a great, crisp and strident riff and rhythm and “Are We Different” is a slower, taut and slightly claustrophobic piece that builds into a dreamy soundscape that sneaks in some sinister guitar.

A fine debut: stellar production, warm — and for me, familiar — and enjoyable.  Easy to remember – Carroll.  Keep an eye on them in the future.


Carroll will be released Friday, September 18th, 2015.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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