With the insurgence of folk-rock bands like The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons into popular culture over the last decade, it is evident The Milk Carton Kids have flown under the radar as one of the most prominent folk duos since Simon and Garfunkel. If you haven’t heard of them, read on to find out about the huge impact of The Milk Carton Kids on the folk music culture.
Their music is full of transparency and nuanced songwriting about heartache and loss. It has maintained roots in the genre while steamrolling its way into the mainstream last year with their award-winning album, All The Things I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do.
Joey and Kenneth’s songs swing from beautiful waltzes to profound meditations, as well as western epics about the bittersweet path of loss. For more information about the group, as well as artist profiles and lyrics go to their tour website. You’ll find future performance dates and tickets, which are readily available.
Songwriting in a League of Its Own
Each track on their latest album has managed to carry the weight from their previous ones. They melt all those tracks down into an opus of emotion and lush songwriting in a league of its own within the folk genre.
The first line of The Milk Carton Kids latest album is a beautiful reflection on a time when the world seemed simpler. The lyrics, “When I was a kid you could look in my eyes and see the whole world spinning there. I used to walk out in the rain at night just to feel it soak into my hair.”
Similar to their first album, Prologue, which they released in 2011, All the Things I Did and All the Things I Didn’t Do holds a hand in the past. It carries a strong nostalgia for the old flames and relationships whose embers never seemed to fade. The Milk Carton Kids are a magnificent folk group, yet they are only beginning to receive acclaim and attention from the mainstream.
An Album with a Message
More than anything, what separates The Milk Carton Kids new album as a classic within the Americana genre is its appeal to sincerity. Also, the album issues a warning of a more desolate future for music and art, which resonates. Each song holds a candle to the issues that are important to folk artists of the last century.
They include love, heartache, loss, death, historical roots, and a nostalgia for the past, while also breaking new ground in their depiction and exploration of death and the end of relationships. The tremendous new album, All the Things I Did and All the Things I Didn’t Do, is available now. Also, Kevin and Joey will be touring within the upcoming months.