Singer-songwriter Lizzy Lehman spearheads this sensitive quintet with intimate, uncluttered arrangements, and production by John Vanderslice (Grandaddy) that support the songs’ explorations of the human condition. Lehman’s voice is mixed dry on “Garage Sale,” which left us feeling that something was missing in this somber song about growing older. Her voice is perfectly presented on “Little Shell” and “Goodnight,” however, and resonates warmly with her bandmates’ subtle, sympathetic support. We also like the ambient touches that suffuse these tracks. Ultimately, Carry Illinois seems like a project in progress. We urge Lehman to bring less calculation, more conviction, at the mic.
Seeking: Label, Booking
Style: Indie Pop