Carter Vail’s debut full length album, red eyes, serves as a collage of the last four years. Sometimes ethereal and symbolic, and sometimes entirely transparent, each song on the record is a photograph of a moment. Above the distorted guitars and glittering synths, Carter’s lyrics highlight the changes that take place in one’s twenties. Though ‘red eyes’ is filled with Nostalgia and Melancholy, it is well hidden behind upbeat indie rock music, giving the album a bittersweet undertone.
Previous single, Melatonin (track #5 on the album) hit 1M streams on Spotify this past February, through the support of being placed in the Spotify Dreampop playlist. Additional promo came from Hello Thematic’s YouTube creator network, Jamendo Music micro-sync licensing, and Redit r/ListenToThis.