For Carry Illinois chief singer/songwriter Lizzy Lehman, making music is a chance to work through her personal experiences. Her new EP ,Work in Progress, largely deals with the aftermath of original bassist John Winsor’s unexpected death. While the new songs are unapologetically darker than previous material they manage to capture Carry Illinois’ unique synth-pop sensibilities better than ever before. Guitarist Darwin Smith, bassist Andrew Pressman, keyboardist Benjamin Rowe Violet and percussionist Rudy Villarreal provide driving beats that build into spacy synth jams perfectly suited for Lehman’s soaring vocals. The net effect is epic prog songs condensed into perfectly polished pop packages. Scroll down to get their performance from Studio 1A.