Rolling out a voice thick with wanderlust, Carter Tanton sounds like he's struggling to achieve some kind of clarity in his revelatory, often chaotic music. Amid fuzzed-out, ragged guitar rips and the bass drum's skull-shaking thump, "Horrorscope" is a dizzying journey into the region somewhere between jangly alt-country and basement indie rock.
Tanton's former band, Tulsa, broke up in 2009 following legal struggles related to its unproduced second album. Tanton went on to play with Marissa Nadler and Lower Dens, and is now releasing his solo debut, Freeclouds. A Boston native who played his first performances in New York City subway stations, Tanton recorded the majority of Freeclouds in his own apartment. He says he intended to keep the music simple and bare, but was carried away by a wealth of musical possibility.
Hear two tracks from his new album on today's installment of World Cafe: Next.