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“NUKETOWN”: KTJ & CARLY’s Bold New EP Takes Listeners on an Emotional Roller Coaster Through Self-Reflection

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Independent pop singer-songwriters KTJ & CARLY have dropped their latest music collection titled “NUKETOWN” on June 22, 2023. Known for making music on their own terms, this talented duo takes us on a heartfelt journey through self-exploration and emotions with their new songs.

Since the inception of their careers, KTJ & CARLY have been writing, producing, and singing together, creating a unique blend of authentic storytelling, melodic sensibilities, and unique sonic landscapes. Their tracks like “SHITTY PEOPLE” and “Nice Guy But,” have earned them a strong following and critical acclaim. Following their successful headlining tour in the summer of 2022 in support of their EP “Ego Death,” they are set to hit the road again in August 2023 to debut their new songs from “NUKETOWN.”

“NUKETOWN” is a journey into the heart of self-doubt and introspection. The opening track, “Backfire,” encapsulates the vicious cycle of striving and failing, with soft vocals gradually building to a robust, synth chorus filled with club-inspired beats and a cascade of harmonies. The track is a poignant reflection on the anxiety of failure, with the bass and synth creating an unforgettable, thumping backdrop.

The duo dives deeper into self-exploration with “Body,” a track inspired by Carly’s real-life dissociation disorder. The song starts with a gritty guitar and tentative vocals, growing in intensity with the slamming beat of the chorus. The lyrics poignantly capture the struggle of feeling disconnected from one’s own body, showcasing the duo’s songwriting talent that keeps listeners hooked.

“Shitty People,” is a slow-burning anthem about the disappointment of trying to impress people who aren’t worth the effort. The tranquil piano and stand-out vocals create a lyrical witticism wrapped in annoyance, giving voice to the underlying frustration.

“In My Ways” strips things back to highlight the duo’s vocal talents. The track explores the internal battle of holding back words that may cause more harm than good, focusing instead on mundane topics to stay out of trouble. The cascading harmonies and individual vocal melody floating alongside the pulsating rhythm showcase the duo’s natural talents.

The final track, “Nosedive,” tackles the perils of social media and the algorithmic trap we all find ourselves in. The earth-shattering synths, layers of harrowing vocals, and an unforgettable chorus serve as a stark reminder of the importance of escaping the dystopian world of comparison and self-doubt that social media often fosters.

With “NUKETOWN,” KTJ & CARLY continue to evolve as musicians and songwriters, fearlessly stripping down and getting real, even when it’s painful. But it’s in these moments of raw honesty where healing often begins.

Stay connected with KTJ & CARLY on their website, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple Music.

“NUKETOWN” is a testament to the duo’s ability to create music that resonates deeply with listeners, offering a mirror to our own struggles and triumphs. It’s a journey worth embarking on, one that promises to leave you moved and introspective, humming their melodies long after the music stops.

Check out the short film musical experience above to dive deeper into KTJ & CARLY’s artistic world of “NUKETOWN” EP.

Trevor Decker




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