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Carter Tanton – Steep Angles On The Back Wheels | New Music


New York, Baltimore singer-songwriter Carter Tanton has released a new political track titled “Steep Angles On The Back Wheels“ on October 11. It deals with white nationalism, Civil War monument and the local Baltimore dirt bike racing crew, the 12 O’ Clock Boys.


Music has been in Carter’s life since he was 15, and he’s not new in the music industry, he has already toured and recorded with numerous artists including Marissa Nadler, Strand of Oaks, Lower Dens , and The War on Drugs.


He also assembled Freeloads in 2012, his first collection of songs for Western Vinyl, and a few years ago, he moved to England were he decided to begin writing for his sophomore solo album Jettison The Valley, which featured vocal contributions by Nadler and Sharon Van Etten .


David Fricke, from Rolling Stone, describes his sound as, “…his indie-seraphim voice is not of this world”.


His latest single “Steep Angles On The Back Wheels”, released on October 11 is an acoustic and intimate song. The political vibe of this songs came from the fact that Carter Tanton:


felt bowled over by the confluence of so many divergent elements of American culture – the repurposing of dirt bikes for city racing, with the man who killed the president to defend the slavery system buried within earshot of the screaming engines, while the country reckoned with itself over the integrity or insult of Confederate statues still standing”.


All happened when Baltimore’s mayor decided to remove Confederate statues throughout the city in response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.


His track was recorded with one mic, a guitar and a piano in the empty room of his Baltimore childhood home. He’s a kind of male Lana del Rey, with a languorous and warm voice. It’s a really emotional track. Listen below.



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