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Carroll share psychedelic gem ‘Alligator’ from upcoming debut album

Carroll at SXSW last year, just after recording their debut album. Photo by Geoff Leung for MPR.

Local indie-rockers Carroll premiered “Alligator,” the latest single from their self-titled debut album, last week on their label’s SoundCloud page.

The moody party reflection “Alligator” comes more than a year after “Bad Water,” which the band released in May 2014. Both singles, as well as “Boxing Day,” will be on the self-titled debut, out Sept. 18 on Entertainment One Music—a label that’s released music by a wide range of artists, from Ashanti to KISS’s Ace Frehley.

Since forming in late-2011, the “outrospective” dream-pop four-piece gained buzz after working with renowned Philadelphia producer Jon Low, who’s also worked with The National, The War On Drugs, and Kurt Vile. Low mixed, engineered and produced the band’s upcoming album last year in the City of Brotherly Love.

Opening with a jarring guitar smash and kinetic drums, “Alligator” crescendos with singer/keyboardist/guitarist Brian Hurlow’s wailing tenor before descending into a phaser-heavy jam.

Find updates on Carroll’s music and future shows on their website. Hear “Alligator” below.

Jared Hemming is a senior in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the co-host of Radio K’s local show, Off The Record, and loves covering Twin Cities arts.