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Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner : Hospital Hill

Carty does so much with so little, his harsh but pleasant voice chronicling stories over calming melodies.

“I want to live until I die,” is the anthemic ending to Stargazer’, an uplifting track about the years that have lead to Carty’s newest release Hospital Hill. The album consists of an acoustic guitar, string section and Carty’s harsh but pleasant voice chronicling stories over calming melodies. Carty does so much with so little, his storytelling is enthralling; his melodies set the scene complemented by the minimalist instrumentation.

Carty presents his character; a country town musician, who’s travelled the world with his music. It wasn’t always this way, and Hospital Hill is a reflection of that journey. The album does a great job of proving how effective fewer elements can be, although the string section does become too ambitious at times and seems somewhat unnecessary. The tracklist builds up character and knocks you into a nostalgic finish. The production leaves room for the vocals, and place you on the couch next to him as he describes his world.

Hospital Hill is a great addition to the Australian folk catalogue. Carty’s clear Australian accent leaves an authentic touch on every song.  His lyricism flows honestly, brewing a vulnerability that fills, and carries, each track.

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