The Milk Carton Kids - I Only See The Moon
“The band’s core ingredients—not to mention a gift for warm, intricate songcraft—render The Milk Carton Kids’ records practically irresistible.”—NPR Music
“Tastefully arranged, high-spec country-folk introspection”—MOJO
The group recently debuted the album tracks “All Of The Time In The World To Kill,” “When You’re Gone,” “Running on Sweet Smile” and “Star Shine,” their first new music since their acclaimed 2019 album The Only Ones. American Songwriter hails “Running On Sweet Smile” as a “thoughtful, acoustic guitar-driven song,” while praising the “blissful harmonies” of “When You’re Gone.” The Boot calls “When You’re Gone” “an earnest tale of a memory that refuses to leave while longing for days that have passed,” and The Bluegrass Situation notes that “Running On Sweet Smile” is “direct in its lyrics, yet winding and exploratory in arrangement, highlighting the many strengths of the folk duo.”
“Both of us have now lived enough life to understand that maybe one of the purposes we were put on Earth for is to sing together, to write songs together, to make music together,” notes Pattengale. “It has truly provided a direction for our lives.” Guitarist/vocalist Joey Ryan adds, “It’s like a successful marriage in that there’s always been enough there between us collaboratively in the way that we work together, sing together, play together. It’s a very special thing. And I don’t think we ever took that for granted.”
Founded in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the American folk tradition, blending ethereal harmonies and intricate musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft. 2013’s ANTI- debut The Ash & Clay proved their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. A second Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance followed in 2015 for the track “The City of Our Lady” from band’s acclaimed third studio album, Monterey, and 2018’s All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
The band’s most recent album, 2019’s The Only Ones (out 5/19 via Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers), was the subject of extensive praise, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that “Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan get back to the beautiful basics with The Only Ones,” while NPR’s “World Café” noted that “even though Joey and Kenneth are not related, their voices together create a sibling-like harmony…the duo has a strong sense of respect and reverence for the musical traditions that they’ve grown from.”