The Milk Carton Kids – Younger Years


Lt Dan Buckley reporting for DJ pick duty with a beautiful new song from The Milk Carton Kids. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are at it again with their new album All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do available everywhere now via Anti Records. Their hilarious live show will hit Nashville at Cannery Ballroom Sept. 13. Buy your tickets here.

The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo have brought a band into the studio with them. “We wanted to do something new,” Pattengale says. “We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we’d been before. There arose some sort of need for change.”

Western influences on “Younger Years” gallop over a snaking clarinet and under vocals looking for something to salvage from sorrow (“Love inside our hearts / is the only kind of savior we’ve been sent”). “You Break My Heart” features Pattengale’s solo vocals. Harmony turns “I’ve Been Loving You” into visceral grief. “For much of my life I’ve avoided that kind of intimacy and immediacy in my own writing,” says Pattengale, “but you have to leave your blood on the page. It’s wonderful, but it can also be a terrifying thing.”

Listen to “Younger Years” below and let us know what you think!

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