Tyler Carter’s presence in the music scene seems to grow greater and greater with every minute. After having an incredible, tour-filled 2014 with his breakout band Issues, Carter has yet to slow his pace in the year to come. After years of anticipation, Carter has finally sat down with bandmate and executive producer of his EP, Ty “Scout” Acord, and dropped one of the first EPs of 2015: Leave Your Love.
This reach towards mainstream audiences asks the question: what is Tyler Carter really capable of? The answer? Anything. Well, almost anything. This artist knows popular music and is quite the genius when incorporating it into his more hardcore music with Issues. Yet, when he leaves the breakdowns and heavy beats behind, a significant musician is beginning to bloom.
There is no argument that Carter dominates immersive melodies, sensual grooves, and radiant R&B style, but like any debut EP, not every minute is on point. All of the elements are present, but not every track has the killer hook to make listeners come back for more. Sometimes Carter’s risks get the best of him, as well. His questionable rap/spoken word to introduce “So Slow” throws off the entire fluidity of the already lackluster track. This is where his strong abilities at “almost anything” make sense.
Carter has the fun part down in tracks like “Leave Your Love” and “Find Me”, but overall they are quite ordinary when put up against the big guns of the EP. “Leave Your Love” is a crucial moment for producer Scout as his mixing styles and sounds have a dominating presence, but Carter doesn’t capitalize on this potential hit, missing that punch to make it memorable. Even though the closer “Find Me” has little guitar twangs and heartfelt lyrics, the lack of a much-desired hook doesn’t end the EP with the same power as other tracks have.
The tracks I’m talking about emphasize the perfect doses of mainstream R&B and Tyler Carter’s personal style (and don’t forget the hooks!) that drive this EP right home. He connects this work to Issues on the romantic highlight “Tears On The Runway Pt. 1”, featuring Nylo, harboring deep emotions and the calm before the storm on Issues’ “Tears On The Runway Pt. 2”.
The opening song “Sophisticated” slides smoothly into the start of the EP, giving a wonderful first impression of his solo work. Its consistently enjoyable melody and rhythmic synth beats show star quality, as well as the other potential R&B hit “Georgia”. Not only does this track have mainstream quality, but it also depicts Carter’s musical style flawlessly. The small hooks in the chorus are the perfect little niche that Carter has to prove his strength in a wider music scene.
Leave Your Love was worth its very long wait and anticipation. Tyler Carter introduces his solo music with style and flare, setting his benchmark so he can only go up from here. The pros outweigh the cons, and regardless, this EP is entertaining to listen to. It will be interesting to see where Carter takes his band and solo career from here.