Careful have just released their brand new full length EP, The World Doesn’t End. The EP which is the fourth project from solo producer Eric Lindley consists of 10 very warm and intimate tracks which despite its warmth, focuses largely on the dismal and ominous nature of the relationships between men and women.
The first track Didn’t He Die? Jumps straight into this theme. It sets the tone for the rest of this melancholic yet comforting collection of songs; “When I married you, all of my hair fell out.” “Our future is as bright as bed sheets.”
Eric Lindley to me, is illustrating the frustration of the strong pull of love men and women feel for one another in conflict with the primal urges of men to reproduce and seek out lots of women and the needs of the woman to be loved and possessed, (to put it more in a more romantic context than scientific!).
This album, through carefully crafted electronic beats and acoustics flowing and infusing with layered male vocals is an artistic expression of Lindleys’s interpretation of how predictable and repetitive basic human emotions are. To me, from listening to the album it sounds like he is a man who is hyper-aware of people and their emotional experience of life, and he wants to translate this awareness into his music and spark a switch in his audience’s minds.
“The future is as bright as teeth.”
The World Doesn’t End is lyrically, a meditative listen and one which is reflexive and thought provoking. It’s an album for mulling over why it is we do what we do and why we follow all the same patterns in love despite being hurt time again and watching generations of people make the same errors whilst travelling through the same paths. But the EP is not entirely melancholic and dark. Lindley who hails from California produced the entire EP in his apartment and he did so by his own hands alone. The vocals, synth, lyrics and beats are all completely his own work and it was a joy to listen to.
If you’re a fan of Alt-J then I can guarantee you’ll feel the same tingling comfort from listening to this album; like drinking a baileys in front of a fire on a winter’s evening. The skill and meticulous graft that went into creating this work is obvious from the first second of the opening track.
From Didn’t He Die to This Isn’t It and the closing track, Three Little Devils, no corners were cut and an equal amount of time and thought shines through from the beginning to the end, always keeping within the intimate frame of the bitter-sweet theme.
It has been best described by the New York Times as “Gorgeous…. From a tradition of unnervingly confidential, light-voiced male singers: Joa Gilberto, Arthur Russell, Lou Barlow of Sebadoh, Elliot Smith, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu.”
So in conclusion, in my opinion this is definitely worth a listen. The bleak aspect of the production is not too overpowering that it becomes uncomfortable. The sound is gentle and atmospheric, broken only by the arousing acoustics.
If you fancy some chill time at the end of the day with tea or something stronger to unwind, this one’s for you.