Carsie Blanton Examines The 2020 Human Experience On New Album Love & Rage (Out April 30)
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Fiery provocateuse Carsie Blanton - a songwriter who “tackles gender and genre expectations through songs that are smart and funny as they are well-constructed” (Rolling Stone) - will release her new album Love & Rage on April 30. The follow-up to her acclaimed 2019 album Buck Up - which NPR’s Fresh Air named its #4 album of the year (right between Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion) - Love & Rage features eleven new, original songs concerned with the stark realities of the past year: the consequences of our politics; the precarity of our economics; and our total reliance on each other.
Carsie reflects: “The band and I holed up together and watched a full year of tour dates evaporate. We collected unemployment benefits and threw online Rent Parties. We baked bread and went to protests. We despaired, rallied, raged, and wrote songs. Through it all, we learned to care for each other in a new and deeper way. And we learned that most people, in the stark light of a crisis, are good.”
Love & Rage was produced by Grammy-nominee Tyler Chester (Margaret Glaspy, Mandy Moore), with backing from Carsie’s Handsome Band (bassist Joe Plowman and keyboardist Patrick Firth) and heavy guests, including Smokey Hormel (Adele, Tom Waits, Beck), Ted Poor (Andrew Bird, Blake Mills) and Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes).
Today, Carsie shares the video for Love & Rage track “Be Good.” The song is a rallying cry to embrace the radical teachings of people like Jesus and Dr. Martin Luther King: love your neighbor, take care of each other, we are all brothers and sisters.
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Carsie released “Be Good” as a surprise new year’s gift to fans at the conclusion of her tenth Rent Party of 2020 - a series of monthly live streamed shows which so far have raised nearly $48K to cover living expenses for her Handsome Band. You can watch the NYE live stream archived HERE.
From hedonism (“Party at the End of the World”), to fighting fascism (“Shit List”), to protest politics (“Down in the Streets”), Love & Rage delivers an unflinching recounting of the human experience in 2020, by way of Carsie’s gift for timeless melody and deceptively sunny vocals.
Love & Rage Track List:
PRAISE FOR CARSIE BLANTON’S BUCK UP (2019):
“Carsie Blanton bursts with ideas and opinions.... One of my favorite releases of the year.” - Ken Tucker, NPR Fresh Air
“Unabashed...Easily her best. Grade: A” - Robert Christgau, Vice Noisey
“Blanton blends revolutionary politics with daring commentary about relationships, all laid out on a bed of clever, label-resistant songcraft.”- Associated Press
"Like a punk, grown-up version of Little Orphan Annie." - Paste
“Sexy, witty and sharp” - Chicago Tribune
“A singer-songwriter with a sense of swing to match her sense of humor.” - The Boston Globe
“Buck Up harks back to an era when entertainment and art weren’t mutually exclusive. It’s one of the finest releases I’ve heard this year.” - Nashville Scene
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January 15, 2021 7:50pm ET by Shore Fire Media