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Cartalk is a project focused on living in the now—embracing your lows, basking in the highs,
and cherishing every experience as well as the people in your life. As evidenced by their debut
single “Noonday Devil,” mastermind Chuck Moore’s unique genre blend equally embraces indie
rock’s soft burn and the unadorned musicality of Americana, and as they ready Cartalk’s debut
album for release next year, it’s clear that they’re just getting started.
"Cartalk was being born even though I didn't know it," Moore marvels when recalling the
project’s origins. They started writing the songs that make up Cartalk’s forthcoming album in the
summer of 2016, discarding a few potential names for the project before finding inspiration in a
convivial ritual shared with Kenny Becker from California indie band Goon: "We'd sit in the car
for hours and talk about life. Afterwards one time, I texted him and said, 'I love our car talks.'
Then I thought, 'Oh wow—I've gotten my band name!'"
Moore started playing shows in L.A. in November of 2017, and as they began work on Cartalk's
debut they linked up with friend, producer, and illuminati hotties braintrust Sarah Tudzin, who
did work behind the boards and played on the album as well. "She's a very inspiring person and
knows me well on a personal level," Moore beams while discussing Tudzin's involvement. "I was
excited to hash out these songs with her. When these songs were written and I recorded voice
memos, I sent them to her and was like, 'What kind of animal is this gonna become?'"
Inspiration for the album's first single, "Noonday Devil," fittingly came from another chat during a
long drive. "I was having a conversation with my high school friend and I said, 'I feel like there's
this weight on my chest where I can't make a move without life passing me by. How do you stop
and reflect on what's tangible?'," Moore recalls. "She said, 'It sounds like a noonday devil, where
you can't even see its shadow.'" In the midst of a bout of anxiety and depression, the song's
miles-wide melodic strum came to Moore while hanging out on friend's roof in Echo Park, a
guitar in hand. "To feel grounded where you are no matter what turmoil you're going through is
important — to be able to look inward and see what's around you, to have gratitude and slowly
learn that you can handle the shit that life gives you," they explain. "It's never a lesson fully
learned—you have to practice it."
-Larry Fitzmaurice, Pitchfork