Many things are born of new marriages. Matching linen, tiny humans and for Australian troubadour Jack Carty, a new album - Home State – independently released Down Under on August 5 2016 and debuting at #36 on the ARIA Albums Chart and #1 on the AIR %100 Independent Album Chart.
Home State was performed, recorded and produced by Carty in his little apartment in Brisbane’s Red Hill, during pockets of time between his upstairs neighbours’ tap-dancing and his new wife Natasha’s Netflix addiction.
From the opening groove of All At Once to the closing chorus of Wedding Song each line is considered, each melody evocative; searching, building and questioning, just like the mind that made it.
The driving rhythms and dreamy countermelodies of Instruments and Kindness Is A Dying Art brim with beauty and tension. Berlin builds through narrative wit to a blistering guitar solo. This Is What It Feels Like To Die showcases Carty’s knack for a gorgeously devastating turn of phrase; and, if you listen closely, you’ll hear a choir of cicadas lend their charm to the stunning simplicity of A Way With Me.
There is an underlying atmosphere of gratitude to this music, revealing a writer excited about the space he is inhabiting - both figuratively and physically.
Impressively, Carty took on the duties of performing every instrument himself except for the bass, which fell to longtime collaborator Gus Gardiner (Papa vs. Pretty) and a few tidy guitar solos from Jordan Millar. Carty’s cousin Airling *and *Jennifer Boyce (Ball Park Music) also popped in for scones and harmonies before the completed record was shipped off to Melbourne-based mixing magician Jimi Maroudas (Augie March, Kimbra, The Avalanches).
It is clear that - although Carty’s trademark honesty and hopefulness will never desert him - the lovelorn boy of One Thousand Origami Birds, Break Your Own Heart and Esk has evolved into a man of quiet confidence with a renewed excitement for stories and songwriting. Home State is undoubtedly his most accomplished record to date, in a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed releases.
The past year has been a big one for Carty including: Australian tours with Darren Hanlon, Ingrid Michaelson and (most recently) good friend and favourite Josh Pyke; his own hugely successful ‘Intimate & By Request’ run of shows; two tours the UK and Europe taking in cities from Brighton to Berlin and Spain’s famous Primavera Sound Festival; marrying his illustrator/designer sweetheart, and being named as a recipient of the biannual APRA Professional Development Award – not to mention the celebrated release of Home State and subsequent headline tour of Australia and New Zealand – his biggest and best yet.
Following it’s momentous home-soil reception, Home State has been picked up for U.K release via Gilded Lily Records/Absolute and Jack will round out 2016 on his first ever headline tour of the British Isles, taking his ever-growing swag of well-travelled songs to an ever-expanding community of dedicated listeners.
Mike Alexander, THE SUNDAY STAR TIMES "The recently married Carty might well have found his happy place" (Home State ★★★★)
Bernard Zuel, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD “These songs have almost a purity of spirit and certainly an openness of heart. You should own this” (Esk ★★★★).
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD “An album of confession and honesty, but also humour and the sublime" (Break Your Own Heart ★★★★) .
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN “Sensational sophomore album…It marks him as a man to watch" (Break Your Own Heart ★★★★).
THE BRAG “An important singer-songwriter who strives to provoke his listeners to reflect on who they are and what they want to be” (The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life - ALBUM OF THE WEEK).
Dom Alessio, TRIPLE J “Put simply… Stunning.”
Rosie Beaton, TRIPLE J “Such a beautiful voice and songwriter.”
NODEPRESSION.COM “Carty holds an ingratiating charm that suggests a young, lovelorn Billy Bragg.“
RIPITUP “Carty proves that he’s an extremely capable and intelligent lyricist, who is able to ruminate on the grit of the situation with a youthful, surprising confidence.”