Nicholas Carroll is a musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a classically trained college educated pianist and for his day job he is a private piano instructor and church organist. His recent release Take This is a twelve-song album.
As I was looking at his Bandcamp page I was digging the Bruce Springsteen poses. His music however doesn't sound like the boss. It’s hard for me to classify this album as rock although he does. When I think of rock bands my mind goes Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Smashing Pumpkins. The fact is that guitar rarely shows up. There are some exceptions such as “Good Enough” which is light rock. Other songs like “Bury Your Shame” don’t register in my mind as a rock song.
The album veers towards piano led pop songs but perhaps more specifically there was a religious quality to his music at times and I don’t mean the songs were specifically about god. There was this quality to his songs that was positive and motivational that reminded me of music you might hear at a Sunday worship session.
I’ve been to enough of these functions where a lot of them play music that has this specific quality. It was hard not to notice that and I surmise that his work as a church organist might have something to do with it.
The highlight for me was “Dark Ages.” There was something about the opening piano melody that really grabbed. It’s powerful and dynamic. If you want to check out the other songs that feel more rock based then make sure to listen to “We're Not Dreaming” and “You Are Yes.”
Carroll is a great piano player and can also write a tune. Take a listen.
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