The Carrots was formed in 2020. The band states, “Say Yeah was born out of the chaos of 2020. It’s an ode to live music — written, recorded and mixed in quarantine isolation when we didn’t know if/when we’d experience a live show again.” Fair enough. Say Yeah is a three-song EP.
They start off with “Fake News” and I can’t imagine where they got that from. Ok, bad joke but the song doesn't have any lyrics so the song felt apolitical except for one part you might miss where someone hushes “Fake News.”
The song is a nice mix of genres like rock (especially prog and jazz). I was feeling a jam band vibe as well here. The band Phish came to mind. One thing for certain is that all the members are exceptional instrumentalists. You can usually tell when you’re hearing good musicians because the music feels effortless and seamless.
“Beach Glass” might be even better. The combination of jazz drumming and a slight sense of spaghetti western. There's just some killer in the pocket playing. The guitar and bass riffs change often and they don’t miss a beat. It’s slick and tight. The song does get more intense and rocks out towards the end.
Last up is “Say Yeah” which I would say is the most emotionally resonant. The band Local Natives came to mind on this song. There’s some beautiful guitar towards the end which has a bit of an Americana flair to it. The song opens wide as it continues and you get the sense you are looking at a sunset on the horizon. That however doesn't last; they get into some other grooves and sort of hit upon the prog and jazz side to their sound. There’s also a quick vocal that quietly exclaims the title of the song.
I really don’t have a critique. The members obviously have a long history with playing music. You don’t start off this good. Hopefully, this is just the beginning. Say Yeah was a great but short EP. I hope to hear more in the not too distant future.
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