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Arrays - Single Review: Dead Sea

20 Jan 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard

It’s not easy being in a band. The “it’s Ike being married to three or four other people” often rings true.

However, for most bands the friction, disagreements, variance in musical tastes is the fuel of the musical fire. The bit where the magic happens.

To be honest for most it has to be this way. The singer needs a guitarist, the bass player needs a drummer but there are a handful of talented multi instrumental musicians who have the ability to strip everything back to just themselves and their imagination.

JP Carroll is one such talent. He is also a master of the killer riff.

JP is Arrays. Music, production, promotion. His process is one where any creative friction must come from within. The discipline and drive it must take to single handedly create and perform a song like Dead Seas is a rare talent.

Anyone familiar with JP's previous band AIA will find Dead Seas familiar territory. It is a slice of hard rocking introspection with excellent songwriting. Lyrically it gives an insight into the internal conflict that is driving his.

Going solo seems to have given JP a little more freedom to be a little more creative. There is more depth, more soul in this song than some of his previous releases. The groove is instant and seeps in as the words float by almost just out of reach. The chorus questions and makes you think. It’s more than just words, more than just a groove, Dead Sea is asking, reaching, questioning. It’s dark and light.

In a world where self-belief is often frowned upon JP is standing up, he is asking questions, he is shining a light on himself stripped bare of any support. It works, take a listen.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Arrays

Arrays is the solo studio project of JP Carroll - the archetypal one man band. Arrays expands directly from individuality; Driven, thoughtful and meticulously crafted productions. And lyrically it’s like therapy, expressing the gamut from divorce to depression, anxiety to existential angst, hopelessness to hope.

Conceptualised as a pure creative outlet, Arrays has morphed into a mission to create without constraint, to share music and story with like minded souls. It might be a solo project, but Arrays is about community and sharing struggles. Finding joy in the music, and something to relate to in the story. It is music to accompany soaring highs, or be the soundtrack to a bad day.

Arrays is guitar centric, melodic and anchored in groove. Grunge, Nu Metal, Metalcore and Prog Metal influences are drawn upon to create a sound that is as unique and unmistakably ‘JP’, while still feeling strangely familiar - like a trip down memory lane with a new perspective.

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Releases

Motives
Year: 2017
Type: EP

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