THE MILK CARTON KIDS
NEW ALBUM ‘MONTEREY’ OUT ON 18 MAY 2015 ON ANTI-
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Anti-folk revivalists The Milk Carton Kids’ release their new album ‘Monterey‘ through Anti- on 18th May. The two years since their breakthrough album ‘The Ash & Clay‘ have been significant ones for the band, with recognition including a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Folk Album’ and winning ‘Group of the Year’ at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.
The Milk Carton Kids are Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale — with two guitars, two voices, two suits, and one microphone, looking like they stepped off the stage at some 50s Greenwich Village cellar. But their sound reflects a thoroughly modern sensibility, a dark lyricism that beats against the intense beauty of their voices.
The new album ‘Monterey’ is now being streamed on NPR.
“Their harmonies, their melodies, so breathtaking… It’s hard to overstate how beautiful the music of the Milk Carton Kids is,” proclaims Robin Hilton on NPR’s All Songs Considered.
It’s a sound that strikes a nerve with disaffected teenagers hearing it for the first time and older folks nostalgic for the harmonies of the Everly’s and the sardonic wit of the Smothers. Featured in the Coen Brothers‘ 2014 concert documentary, Another Day/Another Time, TMCK’s folk hymn “Snake Eyes” brings tears to the eyes of Marcus Mumford and a smile to T Bone Burnett, while TMCK’s interview segments provide a hilarious levity to a genre beset by reverence for the past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=34&v=-hQZyeMLMag
The Milk Carton Kids’ Monterey – Track Listing
1. Asheville Skies – 5:19
2. Getaway – 4:21
3. Monterey – 4:35
4. Secrets Of The Stars – 2:44
5. Freedom – 4:13
6. High Hopes – 2:35
7. Deadly Bells – 2:14
8. Shooting Shadows – 3:40
9. The City Of Our Lady – 2:11
10. Sing, Sparrow, Sing – 1:46
11. Poison Tree – 3:46
Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan wrote and recorded the album not in studios, but on stages – those concert halls, churches, and theatres across North America that have always coaxed the band’s most uninhibited expressions. Their methodology in making ‘Monterey’ allowed The Milk Carton Kids, finally, to perform for the record with the same fearlessness and spontaneity usually only achieved in live concert. As writers, the two have merged so singularly that friends and family can no longer tell who has written which song. As singers on Monterey, their acclaimed harmonies move farther apart, so that the quirks and kinks of two individual identities emerge, all the while remaining lush and soaring, their beauty even more apparent for the showing of their scars.Thematically, Monterey takes us on a road trip across a dream – perhaps a nightmare – through an America of blood and fire that is at once recognisably the land of their forefathers, and the product of our own making. While some of the questions asked on Monterey are political, increasingly the songs are purely personal, the narrator stopped along the road wondering aloud how he got there as in the lilting title track where the question becomes, “Monterey, how can I say I’ll always stay then slip away?”
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