Rip Carson—Anywhere But Here

Among the torrent of hip-hop beats and lo-fi rock that flows into the Great Demo Review, Rip Carson’s vintage-feeling surf-pop ‘n’ roll is a breath of fresh air. Channeling old-timers such as Buddy Holly and The Ventures, plus newer acts like Arctic Monkeys, Carson offers a likeable take on a well-worn formula. His songs are bouncy and hyper-melodic, his aesthetic somehow seamlessly floats between the ‘50s and the ‘80s, and the guy knows how to wrangle killer tone out of an electric guitar. Anywhere But Here feels like a throwback without feeling stuck in the past. Some might use the word “timeless.” 

-Ben Salmon

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