Tree of Series: the natural order of things.
In an era of fluff, filler and intellectual starvation, Stephanie Carlin’s full-band debut Tree of Series is a music respite. There is strength, power, humor and humility that belie her years on this planet. Carlin speaks with wisdom and offers emotional substance in an age of planned obsolescence and temporary notions of illusory complacency.
Finding a sweet spot that forbids easy pigeonholing, Carlin teeters on the line where jazz phrasing and spontaneity fuse with the melodic syncopation of funk and a lush, organic folk twinge. Her intimate melodies on voice and acoustic guitar explode with power alongside a remarkably blossomed band: Xander Naylor (electric guitar), Javi Santiago (piano), Russ Flynn (bass) and Wes Reid (drums). Together, they recorded Tree of Series live on January 3-6, 2012 at Hoboken Recorders, a hidden gem on the outskirts of New York City.
Since Carlin moved to Brooklyn in 2008 she has brought her original music to over 200 notable venues and festivals (CMJ Music Marathon, Knitting Factory, Cornelia Street Café, Mercury Lounge, The Stone, Southpaw). She holds a B.F.A. in jazz performance and audio production from Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus.
Stephanie Carlin is not just another girl with a guitar. She is a young woman with a voice of bittersweet honesty and unyielding truths, straddling the lines between folk and jazz. Between poetess and prophet. Between her guttural growl and her nuanced sigh. Between the darkness and the light. This is where we find a new voice for the modern age. And that voice is the voice of Stephanie Carlin.