Carriers – Now is the Time for Loving Me, Yourself, & Everyone Else
Why does autumn always bring out the best in music?
Might it be the foliage? The perfect temperatures? The new beginnings that come with a new school year? Even now, 8 years post-school, I find myself sensing things are starting anew moreso in the fall than on New Year’s Day.
Bands the world over have captured that lane that hovers in that space between nostalgia and newness—embracing change but saying goodbye to the old, with a beautiful backdrop. The War on Drugs. Bon Iver.
Add to that list Carriers.
Their new record is full of sweeping indie rock programmed to take you to a place of contentment and reflection. As I listen to “Patience,” typing this out, I’m sitting outside. I have to pause and just take in my surroundings. Really, it’s a mix of zoning out and taking in my surroundings. Even the acoustic driven “Not This Way” has this effect. I credit the production and the way the vocals are mixed. Curt Kiser has a way of singing that comes across as both ethereal and authentic at the same time. Similar to Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs, he sings as if each line is a stream of consciousness, yet everything has a degree of poise.
“Make It Right” is perhaps the most “deep in my feels” song on the album. There are some big changes afoot in my family; this is a good song to sit and reflect with. It’s very sentimental in ambience. It’s the sort of song that would fit a playlist to soundtrack the happy and the sad events—emotional yet joyful. It accomplishes this via some steady and assertive grooves, topped with some well placed reverb—washing over me, gentle wave after wave. All that emotion can get weighty after awhile, as therapeutic as it is—therefore, I suggest “Now Is the Time” as a neat song to balance out the effect. It’s still dreamy, but it sheds some of the sentimental feelings in favor of a dark optimism. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but go with it. As an album ender, it’s a suitable transition to whatever you have next on your playlist, almost in the vein of a Sigur Ros song.
Various combinations of the effects I listed above permeate the entirety of the album. There’s no reason why the indie world shouldn’t jump on the Carriers bandwagon with fervor.