March 21, 2015
True Music Presents...
March 21st, 2015
with special guest
Doors at 7:30pm Music at 8:00pm
$15 at the door $12 in advance
BENJAMIN CARTEL ANNOUNCES MIDWEST TOURDATES
TO PLAY TRUE COFFEE IN MADISON ON MARCH 21
After a touring hiatus, Benjamin Cartel will be returning to play True Coffee in Madison on March 21. Earning a buzz as one of New York City's up-and-coming songwriters, Benjamin Cartel put his solo career on hold in 2004, the year he co-founded the indie folk duo Kaiser Cartel. Years later, that band is still moving along... and Cartel's solo career has earned a new set of wheels too, thanks to an EP that bridges the gap between Wilco's wry rock & roll and John Lennon's classic pop.
Money and Love is Cartel's first solo release. Like the musical influences that spawned it, the EP is a mix of old and new. Several songs, like the vintage pop/rocker "No One," were written before Kaiser Cartel's formation. Others, like the rave-up title track, are newer compositions. "Julia," one of the album's harmony-drenched highlights, was written somewhere in the middle. Cartel looked everywhere for inspiration: relationships, the road, even old Alfred Hitchcock movies.
The result is a recording rooted in honest, straightforward songwriting -- the sort of singer/songwriter fare that Cartel regularly performs at his solo shows, with nothing more than an acoustic guitar to back him up -- and dressed up with full, genre-spanning arrangements. It's an album that builds a bridge between opposites: between old and new, love and loss, rock and pop, solo songwriting and full-band recording.