Tonight we feel blessed to host the exclusive video premiere on Last Day Deaf, of up-and-coming NYC folk fairy Maggie Carson‘s ‘A Step Asway‘, officially out on June 21st. Maggie needs not more than 154 seconds for the ultimate, cathartic experience, mainly obtained by her spine-chilling vocal performance, genuinely accompanied by her unique banjo playing style, and the immediate, divine, timeless melodies, powerful enough to raise the dead from the grave. Yes, this lady combines classic with modern in the best possible way, creating an one of a kind cosmic Appalachian sound that will directly seep into your brain, begging for more. The visualiser is a highly artistic one, with an experimental touch adding more to this delicacy.

What are the odds of me being me and you being you? The chances of existence?” Carson asks. “A baby learning to walk on wobbly legs, a drunkard’s dance stumbling home, the passing of time, at once steady and erratic.

Press Notes:

After spending a decade on the road with Spirit Family Reunion, banjo player and singer Maggie Carson is releasing “A Step Asway”, the third single from her debut solo album, The Dark Was Aglow. The album, recorded in Rockaway Beach before the pandemic hit NYC, is a collaboration between Carson, punk rock producer Matt Walsh, and conceptual artist Or Zubalsky. On the track, Caron’s roots-inspired songwriting and performance style meet the rock’n’roll and surf traditions of Rockaway Beach. “A Step Asway” drops with an abstract music video and will be featured on the full length vinyl record, out June 24th, 2022.

“What are the odds of me being me and you being you? The chances of existence?” Carson asks. “A baby learning to walk on wobbly legs, a drunkard’s dance stumbling home, the passing of time, at once steady and erratic.” To address the enigma, the track summons the energy of the powerful female vocalists of the 1950s and 60s in a reverb drenched Lynchian setting. The result is an intimate yet cosmic old-time song. It expands on Carson’s previous singles, described by Glide Magazine as “a compelling burst of modern Appalachia that is both fresh and deeply ingrained in the American story.”

Maggie Carson developed her musical persona touring with Spirit Family Reunion, called a “rowdy reboot of old-timey folk music” by Rolling Stone. The band shared stages with Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Sharon Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. Dog, The Felice Brothers, Alabama Shakes, The Deslondes, and Trampled By Turtles. In 2019, Carson focused on her own voice: retaining the raw, vulnerable core of Appalachian music that makes singers like Ola Belle Reed so compelling, but backed by a minimalist rock group reminiscent of Plastic Ono Band. Carson connected with producer Matt Walsh (The Forms, Wild Yaks, Sky Creature) who works out of his recording studio in Rockaway Beach. Carson’s performance was transformed in this environment, incorporating the sound and attitude of punk, surf, and early rock’n’roll.

The Dark Was Aglow is being released on Rockaway Beach’s nonprofit label, Open Ocean, on digital and vinyl formats, packaged in a stunning hand screen printed jacket. Pre-order here.

Photo credit: Lauren Slusher