Carter Tanton: “Twenty-Nine Palms” (Feat. Sharon Van Etten)

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Carter Tanton has spent years as an in-demand sideman, touring and playing with the War On Drugs, Strand Of Oaks, Marissa Nadler, and more. But now he’s going solo, in almost every sense of the word. After going through a breakup, Tanton poured his heartbreak into his music. He says he wrote the record “in one long sitting, each song feeding the next” before hunkering down in a studio and playing nearly every instrument himself.

The result is Jettison The Valley, out March 4 via Western Vinyl. Despite Tanton’s obsessive streak, the record is big and warm, featuring Tanton’s expressive voice paired with intricate folk-rock melodies. Sharon Van Etten helps out on the album’s gorgeous opener “Twenty-Nine Palms,” a song that’s both bittersweet and open-hearted. Download it below.

–Art Levy

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