I’ve always wondered how instrumental artists title their songs. Do the merging of sounds remind them of a certain memory from their life, or is it a random idea, for the listener to make of it what they will? While I don’t know, I did get to enjoy Jim Carr’s new album, The Space Below, while trying to figure it out.
The Auburn, Alabama native creates both acoustic and electric guitar works that are, for the most part, laid back and relaxed. This style of music runs the risk of being lumped into an “elevator music” category which can be a negative connotation, and although I could imagine this album playing in a doctor’s office or hotel lobby, it’s because it is so calming and positive.
One track that particularly stands out is “Three Paths Converged.” While most of the other tracks stay nicely at their own slower pace, this one bounces around and gives off a very fun vibe. All but two songs are written by Carr (the other two are by Sting and Trad), and he plays all instruments except for percussion and drums who are commanded by Mike Curtis.
Acoustic guitar is beautiful to listen to, and Carr shows off his talent throughout the album. While there is nothing too crazy here, that’s not what this type of music is about. It’s a tranquilizing experience, and is perfect for being nice background music, or just an album to put on if you’re feeling contemplative and need a breather.
I could’ve used a tad more variation in pace and structure, and I still don’t understand the titles. But if you’re looking for a little getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life, I would highly suggest Jim Carr’s The Space Below to take you there.
Key Tracks: Three Paths Converged, Nick’s Web, Mother
October 17, 2012