Spotlight On: Jack Carty

Image courtesy of Jack Carty

For those who have never heard of Jack Carty, do not be alarmed. His emergence has been as swift as it has been deserved. He has only just shown up on the Timber and Steel radar, to tell the truth. The Sydney based singer-songwriter’s debut EP “Wine & Consequence” has enjoyed some success in the iTunes charts, as well as positive recognition from the wider music community, which included the MusicOz award for Acoustic Singer/Songwriter of the Year.

We all know that Singer/Songwriters are a-dime-a-dozen, which is why it’s a big deal when one comes along who has the potential to stand out way above the rest. Carty’s voice is the most convenient mix of unique and un-challenging; simply impossible to dislike. While his writing style is not terribly distinguishable from that of a thousand others’, he seems to be similar to the likes of Josh Pyke, who doesn’t sing or write in a style that is inimitable, but manages to write music that people can’t help but fall in love with nonetheless. In my opinion, Carty’s “Wine & Consequence” EP wasn’t quite up to the standard that would earn him mainstream national and international attention, even though he has managed to play with the likes of Josh Raddin and tour the USA. What has really got me excited about Jack Carty is his new single, “Hope”. An outstanding single which explores love in the context of vulnerability and dependence, “Hope” cleverly utilises strings and vocal harmonies to emphasize contrast within the piece. The song is destined for radio, and for some reason I can picture it clearly as a soundtrack to an emotional finale to a series or movie. The track is the first single to be released from the upcoming album, which is set to be released in February, 2011.

If you want to get familiar with Carty’s work before the album drops, his EP is available from iTunes or through JB Hifi. If you’re strapped for cash, you might want to head to Carty’s myspace where a track from the EP is available for free download.

Carty has not yet announced plans to tour or launch the new album, but there must be something in the works, so watch this space for further details. To give you some idea what to expect from a Jack Carty solo performance, Sydney music-media legends MoshCam have captured a full concert of his from The Factory Theatre in Sydney. This has only been made available in the last couple of days, and is of a fantastic quality, both visually and sonically. The concert is divided into songs, so you can watch as little or as much as you want for absolutely free. Check it out, here. The official clip for Carty’s new single has been embedded below.

County of Origin: Australia (Sydney)
Sounds Like: Josh Pike, Joshua Raddin, Josh Ritter (any Josh, really)
File Under: Folk, Acoustic

1 Comment

  1. April 4, 2011 at 17:15

    […] Jack Carty (pictured) is no stranger to Timber and Steel, and with his recent album launch a rousing success, it’s no surprise to see him on this line up. Jack plays the Ward Park Stage at 11.50pm […]

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