With the release of The Shape of the Island EP, Carlin Tripp brings a few classic genres together to breed a sound all his own, while keeping things familiar and warm. Lush with addicting progressions, an indie but soulful vocal approach, and plenty of pop sensibility, the record boasts the aesthetic of folk pop anthems.
The first single, “Stardust”, grabs you with its Americana rhythm, followed immediately by its growing vocal harmonies and southern fiddle sections. All this, of course, adds to the songs ability to breathe as it plays on.
“The song is really about looking towards the future with hope and optimism. An understanding that life constantly moves on and how we approach it is how we will experience it. It is a bit more upbeat than the rest of the album, but I think thematically it ties in all the elements that are talked about more specifically in the other songs; love, family, becoming a father, and being on the road. I think ‘Stardust’ is the song that really keeps things in perspective; it doesn't get as heavy lyrically as the other tunes, ” explains the songwriter of his single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding for where Tripp is coming from, the EP should be heard in its entirety.
“I was able to approach this record with much higher expectations and a slew of very talented friends. I also hired a great engineer who kept the process free and inspired. I think my sound also turned a bit folkier, a bit more country, and the styles I touched on with my first record became much more defined.” says Tripp.
Carlin Tripp started writing original songs while attending college in Santa Fe in 2003, and never really stopped. Throughout the next 6 years, the songwriter traveled the country by bus doing everything he could to keep playing music until finally settling in New Bedford, MA in 2009. Tripp began playing regularly around the greater MA area and eventually recorded his debut record Back to the Soil in 2013. From there he landed several gigs opening for nationally touring acts and continued with gigs all over New England. The artist, now settled in Boston, recently recorded The Shape of the Island EP, which became available on April 8th 2018 and is a testament to where he is at with his sound right now.
The Shape of the Island is available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets, and the artist already has gigs and festival performances lined up in support of his release.