Folk rock is making a comeback this year and we couldn’t be more delighted over it. Mackin Carroll is one of the rising artists in this genre, with his second EP, ‘Damascus’ just released we decided to find out a little more about this LA-based star who also fronts The Nova Darlings.
Opening track, ‘Ashes On The Bridge’ introduces us to the guitar-based sound, the simplicity of this track and the overpowering vocals make it a hard hitting emotive track. Self-proclaimed favourite track ‘Cigarettes & Fatherhood’ talks about just those two things in his trademark folk fashion. Speaking of society trying to inflict certain mannerisms on you and also your family when you’re bringing them up, this thought-provoking track tells of the struggles between two conflicting habits in a beautiful breath-taking fashion. Before we talk about track ‘Sleepwalking’ we recommend you check out the video for this track below.
Matching the tongue-in-cheek lyrics perfectly you can’t help but watch along with a smile. Singing about the want to do things which can be a struggle for many including not wanting to change those around you and to just embrace life as it currently is. Following the theme of the release, Carroll has written songs with personal connections explaining,
“The songs are personal in a way I hadn’t really explored yet. I didn’t plan on sharing them at first. I thought they were too specific to my experience or too revealing or strange.”
Many times the most personal tracks to an artist can be their best work and this definitely is the case with the Damascus EP.