The Milk Carton Kids are back and strong and tough

‘All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do’ is the mouthful of a name of the new album for the Americana Music Association Award-winners for “Best Duo/Group,” Milky Bar Milk Carton Kids which comes out on the ANTI label on 29th June. Their fourth studio album is heralded by the project’s unprecedented centrepiece ‘One More For The Road’ which has been described as “an epic 10 minute-plus musical excursion through folk, jazz and psychedelia.” The track serves as a signpost of what the album has in store apparently and is available today for individual purchase and on all streaming services (you can hear it below while you boil two and a half eggs) (sequentially). 

The Milk Carton Kids underwent a number of dramatic changes in the time since their last recorded outing, 2015’s ‘Monterey’. Ryan is now the father of two children and works as a producer on Live From Here with Chris Thile. National politics have left him feeling disoriented and mournful. We get you Ryan. Pattengale’s relationship of 7 years ended, and he is now producing records in Nashville, and he survived cancer – breaking a long cigarette habit in the process. As a result, the album has been pitched as the band’s most profoundly personal thus far, the full band sound providing a mournful, disorienting foil for lyrical themes of mortality, loss, heartbreak and national decline. Don’t you just love americana?

Tracklisting:

Just Look At Us Now
Nothing Is Real
Younger Years
Mourning In America
You Break My Heart
Blindness
One More For The Road
Big Time
A Sea Of Roses
Unwinnable War
I’ve Been Loving You
All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years, although if you go to his Twitter feed it's just one long list of all the things he loves about Jeremy Corbyn, which is irritating. Also likes astronauts.

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