After releasing his debut solo album ‘Moonshine’ last year, Tyler Carter is back with ‘Moonshine Acoustic’, which, as its title suggests, sees a handful of acoustic re-imaginings with some new songs thrown in the mix.
Taking a break from the more groove driven and heavy hitting approach of his main focus fronting metalcore band Issues, this EP features low, soft mood beats.
Things open with ‘Down’ and ‘Escape My Love’, two heavy break up songs that are both made lighter and freer with the acoustic guitar and strong vocals. In the former, Carter says that “You’re the one I thought I couldn’t live without” and “He won’t drown” himself again in that relationship, yet by the second he’s missing them, and hoping his ex knows that they’re a “part of [him]”, and that they’ll “run far away” as to not tempt him with the relationship. (Honestly, this man just can’t make up his mind, can he?!)
Then we transition into ‘Landslide’, a strong, empowering cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s popular single. Mixing it up with an electric acoustic guitar, he reflects on the life changing, grounding moments we all face that makes you stop and re-evaluate it all.
Rolling into ‘Too Tight’, Carter‘s almost writing a letter to his partner, discussing relationship anxiety, as he’s torn between wanting them to be free yet also wishing someone was always with you, and the fears around them cheating. With a nod to Georgia at the beginning, in this self-reflecting song he admits that “it’s not healthy”, but still provides a sweet, melodic guitar in the background.
For the following two songs, ‘Glow’ and ‘Moonshine’, Carter lets these songs flourish and take flight in their new, stripped format. Running with the idea, he uses ukuleles, tapping drum beats, and guitar twangs, transforming them into incredible, new and original pieces that make you feel like you’re in the wild, wild west.
Again, with the final two parallel songs, Carter is lamenting on a relationship, before enjoying the rewards of a new one. In ‘Good Things’, he looks back on an old relationship, wondering what went wrong, but can only focus on the positives. With a pop twist and clapping beat, the impressive vocals show you his true, raw passion. Then, ending on a stripped back ‘Focus’, the Georgian makes you want to bare it all too, with sweet “honeysuckle” images in a track that wouldn’t be out of place on the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack.
Ultimately, while this EP is a nice stop gap, it’s nothing ground-breaking – becoming a supplement to his previous release, the sweet nothings uttered on this offering feel like a bid at radio play. Briefly hanging up his metalcore hat, this pure pop album is as far away from a mosh pit as it could possibly be. While it does give you soft, lockdown vibes for the summer, ultimately it lacks in anything truly original.
A 24-year-old freelance writer that never grew out of her emo phase.