Although he has not performed out regularly for several years, Justin Carloni has been hard at work on a variety of projects that have largely yet to see outside the walls of his own home. He is a busy man with much to write and much to sing about but little ability in the way of promotion. So here is a sampling of music that has won him critical praise from local music lovers, poets, and friends in the seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine, and has awarded him nominations for the Seacoast Spotlight awards out of Portsmouth, NH.
Justin has an organic sound with a haunting voice that has been compared to the month of November. His lyrics find comfort in the wilderness but speak to the individual in a confused land. He has produced 5 solo projects and been a part of over 20 projects in his career. He has music on the youtube shorts, "Hosed" by Juston McKinney. And his is the music for the short film, Dark Scribbles written and produced by Michael Venn, that earned critical praise through the Cannes film festival.
Wayne Atherton, a local poet and and Senior Editor for the Portland, ME based poetry/art journal, The Cafe Review, had this to say about Justin's music:
" The songs of Justin Carloni arrive upon a wave of epic melancholy, much like the music of The Cure but with an entirely different soundscape. Carloni is an unrequited dreamer, standing well apart from that sickly culture whose only rallying cry seems to be, "Celebritize me!" His lyrics are deeply personal yet the sense of shared longing felt by the listener becomes instantly realized as universal. Carloni's expert guitar playing is gorgeously woven into the clear haunting of a remarkable voice which simply must be heard."
This year Justin has created two projects. The first, 'a small fire for oath-breakers' is sparse with simple lyrics for the downtrodden complimented by open tuning finger picking throughout, backing vocals and other instrumentation, complimenting. The second, 'thank you, irene' spawned when tropical storm Irene hit New England, is a few years in the making and has the employment of good friends and accomplished soundscape artists, Michael Deragon, and Ryan Dubois with supporting help from Portsmouth NH Native, Guy Capecelatro III on organs. This is a project that was recorded in Vermont, NH, and Southern California and the reflection is a morphed product of the three friend's musical personalities. A collage of sound. Enjoy these samples!