Carlin Tripp is a true folk-rocker, musician, and stay at home dad. The traveling musician began writing songs while he was in college in Santa Fe and was instantly hooked. He spent 6 years traveling the country by bus until he eventually planted roots and recorded his debut album in 2013. Now settled in Providence, he devotes his time to being a family man and touring musician. Carlin Tripp recently recorded “The Shape of the Island” EP, which became available in April of 2018 and truly showcases where he is with his songwriting and sound right now.
“When You Go” appeals on a whole new level for its melodic swagger and the hypnotic, soothing nature of the chord progression. Meanwhile, the lead vocals provide a similar thread of recognizable simplicity, and still, the soundscape seems to evolve and change throughout “When You Go” even with these notably entrancing, ongoing elements that hold you captive. “When You Go” has a distinctive pulse about it, a few carefully crafted layers help give it that comforting, memorable glow. Carlin’s indie vocal during the verses is where the song moves from good to great. It’s a satisfying and enjoyable piece of music and performance, one that you may feel as if you’ve known for years, but one that’s also somehow undeniably original. Easy listening instrumentation blasts through the speakers layered with addicting acoustic arrangments and soulful lyricism. Carlin Tripp has created an eclectic motif and we can’t wait to see what this up and coming artist curates for his fans next!
Check out “When You Go” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Welcome to BuzzMusic Carlin Tripp! We loved listening to "When You Go"! Can you explain to our readers the truth that is embedded within the track?
I wrote this song while thinking about how quickly life passes us by and how important it is to appreciate the moments we share together and how even after someone is gone, they live on inside of you.
How do you think "When You Go" compares to your first album? How do you think your overall sound has progressed since the release of your first album?
I think this song tackles a much more mature subject. Up until this time, a lot of my writing has been about love, falling in love, starting a family and the adventures of my life. This song is the first time I've channeled a heavier topic, like death, and really explored it.
Of all the places you've traveled to and performed, what would you say is your most memorable moment as an artist?
My most memorable experience as an artist would have to be the night that Reid Genauer invited me backstage to hang with him and his mates in Strangefolk and shocked me by asking me to open the night in front of a sold-out house at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Just stepping onto that stage which has hosted so many iconic acts was a thrill, but to get a nod from one of my musical heroes and his audience was a life-changing experience.
How do you personally feel about live performance? Would you say that you prefer the live performance aspect of music more over the writing/recording process?
I love live performance but I think that's because it is mainly what I have always done. I never studied music in the traditional sense, so I think sometimes I am a little rough in the studio. Getting on stage and sharing the songs I have written with a live audience is what I really live for.
It was great having you here on BuzzMusic! Tell us more about what's next for you after this song release? Any shows in the near future?!
Thank you so much for putting this together! After this, I have another single I am releasing in November and then I hope to start working on another full length album in 2020. My next show is at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA on October 10th.
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