Lyric Video: Minor Poet’s Breezy “Tropic of Cancer”


Andrew Carter is a Richmond, VA-born and-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has spent the past few years writing and recording music by himself in various bedrooms and basements with his solo recording project Minor Poet. His full-length debut, 2017’s And How combined Carter’s love of carefully crafted pop with a loose, fun, off-the-cuff production that eventually received press from American Songwriter, Magnet, The Wild Honey Pie, Impose and others, while helping Carter develop a small but devoted fanbase. Naturally, this has allowed Minor Poet to grow from a labor of love into a nationally touring band.

Carter’s sophomore Minor Poet album The Good News is slated for a May 17, 2019 release through Sub Pop Records, and the album, which was recorded over the course of four days at Montrose Recording, reportedly finds Carter expanding the boundaries of the project’s sound over the course of six songs. While previous Minor Poet releases featured Carter playing all the instruments and handling production duties, the material on The Good News was written with the understanding that the Richmond, VA-born and -based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist had to reach outside himself to do justice to the songs. “I couldn’t capture the sounds I heard in my head,” Carter explains. “I wanted something that was vast and expansive but that at the same time could hit you immediately in the gut.”

Paying homage to the classic “wall of sound: techniques made famous by Brian Wilson and Phil Spector, Carter and co-producer, Adrian Olsen overdubbed layer after layer of Carter playing an array of guitars, pianos, organs, synths, and percussion, as well as Carter singing harmonies. The members of the touring band were brought in to perform the core rhythm section parts with handpicked local musicians stopping by to add crucial flourishes to the material. Interestingly, at the center of the album’s material is Carter’s vocals, singing lyrics that mix allusions to religion, mythology, art and philosophy, as each song’s narrator questions himself, his place in the world around him, what he owes to his relationships, and in turn, what he needs to ask others to stay healthy.

“Tropic of Cancer,” The Good News‘ infectious latest single is centered by layers of shimmering and tropicalia-inspired arpeggiated synth lines, shuffling guitar lines, a soaring hook and a lysergic-tinged guitar solo. And while the deliberate crafted track bears a subtle resemblance to Elvis Costello‘s early work, the song manages to be deceptively breezy as the song’s narrator describes a constant and repetitive struggle with depression, delivered with an unvarnished emotional honesty and a tongue-in-cheek awareness.

Carter and his backing band will be touring with Australian act Cub Sport, and the tour will include a May 23, 2019 stop at The Knitting Factory. Check out the tour dates below.

May 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
May 09 – San Diego, CA – Voodoo Room at HOB
May 13 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
May 14 – Portland, OR – The Old Church
May 18 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
May 20 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
May 22 – Boston, MA – Café 939
May 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
May 24 – Montreal, QC – L’Esco
May 25 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground
May 28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore
May 29 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
May 31 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade
Jun. 02 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Indoor
Jun. 03 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
Jun. 05 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
Jun. 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar