12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fans of Erin McCarley’s gorgeous 2008 debut Love, Save the Empty have been waiting nearly four years for her sophomore album. My Stadium Electric rewards their patience right from the opening single “Elevator.” It starts with exotic tones that fall somewhere between Bollywood soundtracks and Indonesian music before grooving on woody rhythms that move like kinetic layers of field-recorded percussion. But it’s the textured timbre of McCarley’s arresting voice that pulls the listener in. The production in the following “You’re Not That Someone” is just as winsome as the song itself. A reverberated guitar-string trill recalls Portishead’s 1994 hit “Sour Times.” But what’s more impressive is McCarley’s airtight hip-hop phrasing in the verses. She builds up a palpable tension in “Vertigo” while admitting that she doesn’t want to let go of her fears. “Survey” is similarly haunting — as is the beginning of “Amber Waves” with its antique music-box intro — but the latter takes off with pedaling rhythms and soaring melodies. The uplifting “Just Another Day” struts on boomy drums and handclap rhythms.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fans of Erin McCarley’s gorgeous 2008 debut Love, Save the Empty have been waiting nearly four years for her sophomore album. My Stadium Electric rewards their patience right from the opening single “Elevator.” It starts with exotic tones that fall somewhere between Bollywood soundtracks and Indonesian music before grooving on woody rhythms that move like kinetic layers of field-recorded percussion. But it’s the textured timbre of McCarley’s arresting voice that pulls the listener in. The production in the following “You’re Not That Someone” is just as winsome as the song itself. A reverberated guitar-string trill recalls Portishead’s 1994 hit “Sour Times.” But what’s more impressive is McCarley’s airtight hip-hop phrasing in the verses. She builds up a palpable tension in “Vertigo” while admitting that she doesn’t want to let go of her fears. “Survey” is similarly haunting — as is the beginning of “Amber Waves” with its antique music-box intro — but the latter takes off with pedaling rhythms and soaring melodies. The uplifting “Just Another Day” struts on boomy drums and handclap rhythms.

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About Erin McCarley

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Erin McCarley emerged in 2009 with Love, Save the Empty, a beguiling alt-pop debut whose vibe fell somewhere between Patty Griffin and Fiona Apple. A native of Texas, McCarley cut her teeth as a musician in San Diego, eventually teaming up with producer/songwriter Jamie Kenney, with whom she co-wrote her debut. A move to Nashville and subsequent trip to Austin's SXSW Festival in 2008 brought her to the attention of Universal Republic, which issued her first album a year later. Buoyed by a number of key song placements and movie trailers, McCarley's album reached number 82 on Billboard's Top 200 and was followed in 2012 by her sophomore LP, My Stadium Electric, this time released exclusively to iTunes. By end of that year, she had left Universal and struck out on her own, developing new material with friends and collaborators in Nashville. Newly independent, McCarley returned in 2016 with a handful of new singles showcasing a more seductive, electronic-based sound and promoting her impending third album. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Garland, TX
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    January 8, 1979

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