By Matthew Saunders
The majority of Tyler Carter’s fan base knows him as the singer of metal band Issues and the former vocalist of the band Woe, Is Me. However, Carter has a deep affection for pop and R&B music, which shows in his debut EP, “Leave Your Love.”
“Leave Your Love” takes a somewhat different direction from his usual work with Issues, enforcing a stronger emphasis on pop and R&B instead of metal. This is a venture Carter has wanted to pursue for some time, as the root of his influence comes from pop artists.
Carter’s EP starts with the track “Sophisticated.” Listeners are instantly immersed with heavy synthesizers and R&B styled vocals. The track is about Carter going after a “sophisticated” girl who likes “bad boys,” and Carter’s attempt to prove that he is just what she needs.
The title track, “Leave Your Love,” is an R&B inspired single that deals with letting go of past mistakes. Carter sings, “Leave your love at the front door.” When Carter says “love,” he means all the pain and mistakes the girl he is singing about caused.
Carter was born in the South, and “Georgia” displays the artist’s love for his home state. On the track, he sings, “In the morning, you’ll be on your way to Georgia.”
The track “So Slow” greatly emphasizes the R&B vibe Carter wanted to convey on the EP. The track starts with a monologue. Carter addresses his lover, saying that just because he is on tour and away most of the year does not mean he is going to love her any less.
The EP also features guest vocals from recording artist Nylo on the track “Tears On The Runway.” The duet deals with a woman who has had a tough and damaging past with men, and a gentleman wants to love her even though she thinks she’s damaged goods.
The ending track, “Find Me,” wraps up the EP nicely. The smooth, soothing track eases the listener to the end of the record while Carter finishes off strong.
Overall, the EP itself is very impressive. Carter has done solo work in the past, but this debut EP really does establish him as the pop and R&B artist that he wants to be. Carter’s talent shines brighter in this solo project compared to his work with Issues and Woe, Is Me.
Carter has built a strong reputation on his vocal ability, and it proves to be the strongest point in “Leave Your Love.” A handful of his fans considered Carter to be “the white Frank Ocean.” Carter has even stated in a recent YouTube video that Frank Ocean is a major influence on not only his style, but the composition of this EP. Carter said he is also influenced by Chris Brown, Sam Smith, Keith Urban, Usher and Ariana Grande.
In addition, Carter’s solo work is much more soothing and soulful compared to his work with Issues. Carter is doing what he is best at ” singing ” and does an amazing job of it.
Carter does not currently have any solo tour dates set yet, but fans can catch his band Issues playing alongside All Time Low, Tonight Alive and State Champs later this spring.
Courtesy Rise Records
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