Minneapolis-based Carroll, one of the most colorful, carefully honed acts in indie rock, are many things: young, vibrant, contemplative. But perhaps most interestingly, they're a case study in how four distinct creative voices can coalesce into one balanced, relentlessly engaging sound.
Formed in 2011, the band self-released their first EP, Needs. That was followed in quick succession by a host of accolades. The biggest radio stations and music publications in the Twin Cities lavished the band with praise. The Current, the market's triple-A NPR affiliate, has kept them in constant rotation. In 2013 Carroll won the hotly contested Best New Band award from City Pages and Vita, MN.
For their debut album, they connected with renowned producer Jon Low (The War On Drugs, The National). Low summoned the band to Philadelphia, PA where they cut and mixed their eponymous debut LP in 18 marathon days. The sound could be best described as closing your eyes and submerging yourself into a bathtub of your ideal warmth - only to open your eyes and discover you're bathing in a hazardous green liquid. Even known this, you can't deny that you feel warm and coddled.
Despite the pace at which it was made, their debut is thoughtful, pointed, dense, fun hypnotic. Carroll's exercise in writing perfectly messed up pop gems yielded an LP that sounds like a pop approach to writing heady, woozy, psychedelic rock. Home to the preceding singles "Bad Water" and "Alligator."