It has been seven years since The Milk Carton Kids became a duo and set a goal to keep their music quiet as possible. The hush the pair sought created a center for their songs. Outside of music, The Milk Carton Kids made a big noise, taking audiences prisoner with wit and wisdom as well as chiming guitar strings and harmonic vocals. All the Things I Did and All the Things I Didn’t Do continues the album release cycle for The Milk Carton Kids, the duo stretching out their sound with a full band, the music edging slightly out of the quiet range the pair chased while maintaining a stillness within the songs. Folk Country Rock ambles into the new album on a thick bass line as TMCK dare love to cross a line with “Big Time”, surf a west coast rhythm in the desert winds of memory coursing through “Younger Years”, tinge the sad story of “I’ve Been Loving You” with a Tex Mex melody, and scientifically suggest “Nothing is Real” with rolling Jazz Pop soundscapes.
The Los Angeles adjacent artist enclave of Eagle Rock, CA is homebase for The Milk Carton Kids. All the Things I Did and All the Things I Didn’t Do marks the third release on SoCal’s Anti- Records, their fifth album overall, with the pair releasing their first two albums, Retrospective and Prologue, as free downloads from their website. Somber piano notes and the orchestral swell of strings announce “Mourning in America”, theatrical waves of sound crash over “Blindness” and tenderness cradles the reverie of “A Sea of Roses” as a slowly revolving wheel of rhythm turns “Unwinnable War”. TMCK return to quiet string picking and harmonies model for the All the Things That I Did and All the Things I Didn’t Do title track. For their tour supporting the release, The Milk Carton Kids will hit the road with a full band for the first time. Within the changes in touring structure and the presentation of songs on All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, The Milk Carton Kids bring back the word ‘opus’ in album reviews with the sweeping majesty of “One More for the Road”.
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