Carry Illinois - 'Garage Sale' EP - Vinyl
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Lizzy Lehman is fearless, and she’s not afraid to call out the bullshit. “Tell me every time I’m wrong. I need to know when I’ve crossed the line,” she bristles with “B.S. (Nobody’s Perfect),” a spacey, synth-based cut on Carry Illinois’ forthcoming new EP, Work in Progress. On title alone, Lehman peels back the layers of her insecurities. She’s at her most vulnerable and honest across the five new tracks, and there is an overwhelming sense the listener is engaging with the band’s best work to-date. The dreamy but biting “Runaway” anchors the disc as lead single, cementing a somber, reflective tone as Lehman examines a history of self-loathing.
Where 2017’s Garage Sale EP saw the band ⎯⎯ rounded out by Andrew Pressman (bass), Benjamin Rowe Violet (keyboards) and Rudy Villarreal (drums) ⎯⎯ pick up the pieces after the tragic death of friend and original bassist John Winsor, Work in Progress feels like the next logical step. Here, Lehman bares her scars, her worries, her heart in tremendous, sometimes visceral, ways.
“It’s been two years now since he passed away. I’ve learned a lot since then about myself and how I deal with anxiety, depression and mental health,” she says, matter-of-factly. Her voice is heavy, but her heart is light. “I felt the urge to move forward. This EP is about moving forward and realizing life is a fragile thing. You have to take everything moment by moment, celebrate the successes, and learn from and move past the failures and painful experiences to grow stronger.”
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