Sonically pleasing, elegant, and acoustically immaculate, from upbeat house DJ to electronic singer songwriter, Justin Carter began his musical life as a producer for underground parties in Brooklyn with partner Eamon Harkin. The duo known as Mister Saturday Night acted as a community project to help the Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty fighting organisation in New York.
In his early teens growing up in North Carolina, he was taught by his father how to sing and play guitar. Today he embraces his work in the shape of his new acoustic experimental EP ‘The Leaves Fall’. With eight tracks filled with tense beats and engaging synths it’s difficult not to find Carters style intriguing. The record itself took over a period of five years to complete and was created to be entirely autobiographical. The EP also features Jason Lindner, pianist on Bowie’s final monument,’ Blackstar’ and was mixed by Benjamin Tierney, who has previously worked on jazz musician Kamasi Washington’s record ‘The Epic’.
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‘Great Destroyer’ is the first track and it almost has a Thom Yorke feel to it. Amid waves of hypnotic guitar and vibraphone sounds, Carters lyrics are personal and intimate. When asked about lead single ‘Know It All’ Carter describes it as a psychological self examination. ‘Our minds are built to sanction experiences that are terrifying and heartbreaking so that they don’t overwhelm us’. The majority of the compositions on this record evoke his gentle and acoustic style however we are given a taste to his DJ background shining through in ambient house track ‘Leaves’. Crisp vocals blend seamlessly alongside a rhythmic backdrop as we are taken back to his dance roots. Whether Carter is behind a mixing deck in New York or recording acoustics in a basement in Venice Beach, it is adamant that he has a passion for his craft.
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“Nothing makes me happier than to see people letting go. My ambition in all my creative work is to make moments where that can happen. As a DJ, I use othersʼ music to create those moments, but itʼs always been in me to make my own music for that purpose”.
The Leaves Fall is out now via Mister Saturday Night Records.