Limerick’s John Carroll releases second album from his home in China

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick musician, songwriter and artist John Carroll, who has been living in China since 2007, from where he has released his second album, Cenotaph Tapes
LIMERICK songwriter and musician John Carroll, who currently lives in China, has released a new album from his adopted home.

LIMERICK songwriter and musician John Carroll, who currently lives in China, has released a new album from his adopted home.

Cenotaph Tapes is Carroll’s second album release after 2012’s Let Every Tongue and the second to be released on his own small indie label Medic Records, which he runs from his home in Hangzhou, China.

Carroll has lived in Hangzhou since 2007 with his wife and family, from where he distributes his music through independent record shops throughout the mainland.

The album was self-produced and recorded at his home earlier this year and the songs are the result of seven years living in the Far East - dealing with themes of emigration, culture, language and personal changes.

His music is a blend of folk-style acoustic guitar, rooted in alt-rock, influenced by the songs of King Creosote, J Mascis, Thurston Moore.

See carrolljohn.bandcamp.com for more.