After listening to the EP Carry Me Back by Kyle Sherman I read the a quote of his that said “A lot of my music is inspired by the natural world, and when I'm not playing music I'm usually out rock climbing, hiking, swimming in frigid lakes, anything to get me out in nature.” I can say that the word “natural” popped into my head right away. The music feels incredibly organic from the production, to the sound of the acoustic to the percussive elements. He points to Justin Vernon, Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth as comparable artists but I felt his music had more in common with early Animal Collective before they got a deep low end. Think “Sung Tongs” era.
He opens with “Carry Me Back” which is indicative of the sound of the remaining songs. It exudes a calming effect with the instruments feeling effortless and light. His vocals are the main focal point here. He sings, “Carry me far from here / The lonesome wind is seldom near / Sites and all the memories sharing eyes / All the nights we stared at the skies.”
The song doesn’t have many distinct sounding sections but the song was good enough to keep my interest. He continues to have success with “Time Won't Heal You” which feels like a seamless extension of the first song. The song has the same soothing effect as the first effect as he laments that “time won’t heal you.” I was again impressed with “Memories” and “Walk You Past” but I thought the closer “Let Go” was the highlight. His vocal melody is infectious this time around when and I just liked the flow of the song from beginning to end.
Carry Me Back EP isn’t perfect but has a lot to offer. I’d like to hear a slight boost in production next time and a clean up of the occasional sour note. With that Carry Me Back is a good listen that builds a foundation with some memorable songs.
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