Singer-songwriter Carter Tanton’s first appearance in music was under the alt-country moniker of Tulsa. When that project ended, he went on to produce for Twin Shadow and Drug Rug, was welcomed as a member of Lower Dens, and played guitar for fellow Bostonian Marissa Nadler. Earlier this year, Tanton released a solo record, Freeclouds, under his own name, which led to a national tour with The War on Drugs. The album is a showcase of his diverse abilities and experiences, taking bits of styles from all that have crossed his path before.
For a sample of those styles, have a gander at the psychedelic video for his new single “Fake Pretend”. By far one of the more ambient and electro-pop heavy cuts on Freeclouds, Tanton’s warm tenor is bolstered by the dreamy vocals of Nadler, returning the favor by guesting here. Director Jeff Maksym follows the fuzzy guitar reverb and beating drums with layered mirrors of lights and color over (and through) Tanton walking in a vast field. Think sort of Field of Dreams on acid. A moody pop number with trippy visuals, the video can be seen below or over at Cluster 1.
Carter Tanton’s solo debut, Freeclouds, is out now from Western Vinyl.