Few people in Australia tour like Jack Carty.
Following the September 2014 release of his third studio album “Esk” (which landed at #7 on the Australian Independent Record Labels Association’s Album Chart and #17 on The Au Review’s list of the Best Australian Albums of 2014) and the success of its first two singles “The Joneses” (co- written with Josh Pyke) and “Be Like The Water”, Jack embarked on an extensive 37-date album launch tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The tour traversed a diverse range of venues from the Wellington Opera House to Launceston’s “Royal Oak Hotel”, in a wide variety of cities from Perth to Te Awamutu. With every show Carty further- cemented his hardworking reputation and his ever-growing, very vocal fanbase.
It may have been almost five years since his unassuming arrival on the Australian music scene, but it’s certainly not been time misspent. Jack has released three full-length albums (2011’s One Thousand Origami Birds and 2012’s Break Your Own Heart accompanying 2014’s Esk) along with two E.P’s, had songs on soundtracks, toured endlessly both nationally and internationally, written and sung with well-loved contemporaries including Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan and Dan Wilson and consistently picked up the kind of critical acclaim that only honesty in art affords.
On that front, Esk is no exception. It’s a record grounded in ideas of process and time. An album of imagery, mood, groove, grit and the kind of lyrical turn of phrase that has won Jack a dedicated and vocal fan base across Australia and the world. From the rolling, dark and hauntingly dynamic And The Ass Saw The Angel, to the hopeful, melodious invocation of The Universe (written and sung with Katie Noonan). From Honey, Do You Know The Way Back Home’s 70’s groove cradled melancholia, to the swelling string lines of My Replacement. This is an album as dynamic as it is cohesive, as venturesome as it is reflective and as playful as it is poetic.
Carty explains: “I wanted this record to be more collaborative from the start, whether that was in the writing of the songs, or the way we approached the recording sessions. I think you can hear that in it's scope. For the most part Esk is outward looking, whereas a lot of my previous work is introspective."
After a brief pause to finish off the Christmas leftovers, Jack set out to spend the first 3 months of 2015 on another national tour. Singing songs at sold out shows across six states, before another overseas adventure...
Bernard Zuel, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“These songs have almost a purity of spirit and certainly an openness of heart. You should own this” (Esk ★★★★).
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“An album of confession and honesty, but also humour and the sublime" (Break Your Own Heart ★★★★) .
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
“Sensational sophomore album…It marks him as a man to watch" (Break Your Own Heart ★★★★).
Ian Cuthbertson THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Sees Carty move on stylistically without losing his identity or any of the qualities that make him special (The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life ★★★★)
“An important singer-songwriter who strives to provoke his listeners to reflect on who they are and what they want to be” (The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life - ALBUM OF THE WEEK).
Dom Alessio, TRIPLE J
“Put simply… Stunning.”
Rosie Beaton, TRIPLE J
“Such a beautiful voice and songwriter.”
“Carty holds an ingratiating charm that suggests a young, lovelorn Billy Bragg.“
“Carty proves that he’s an extremely capable and intelligent lyricist, who is able to ruminate on the grit of the situation with a youthful, surprising confidence.”