Carbon Leaf blasted into the national spotlight two years ago with their major label debut, Indian Summer. But while they kept busy working as support on major national tours (Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, John Mayer, etc.) and headlining their own, these Virginia-based self-starters kept moving forward musically as well as professionally. That point rings clear throughout Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat, a collection of songs whose sound is the rich, whose grooves are infectious, and whose messages run the deepest of anything they've yet put to disc.
Carbon Leaf defines itself as a tight instrumental unit, capable of cranking up the heat even with scaled-down arrangements based on acoustic guitar, in perfect complement to a vocal sound that can't be mistaken for anyone else's. Barry Privett has mastered the art of singing with a compelling detachment; his voice, whether on its own or woven into two- and three-part harmony, beckons the listener into the lyric as it opens within the heart of these songs.
Carbon Leaf straddles the lines between folk, country, and alt-rock. The band's music features compelling vocal harmonies along with acoustic instrumentation (including a stand-up bass). The band's song repertoire ranges from smooth and sultry to more up-beat, catchy tunes.
They've come a long way from their decision, as students at Randolph-Macon College, to try their luck at forming a band. Carbon Leaf, like Privett's celestial visions, is on its way up.